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Friday, July 22nd, 2011
An Alabama teacher has recently won First Place in the Toyota Teen Driver Educators’ Challenge. Congratulations to Gina McCarley, Lawrence County Schools, Lawrence County High School, Moulton, AL  for her First Place win. Congratulations to Nick Aprea, Seymour Public Schools, Seymour High School, Seymour, CT for his Grand Prize win in the Challenge. Toyota and Discovery Education  recently announced the Grand Prize and First Place winners. 
 As Challenge participants, teachers across the country were tasked with developing three 90-minute safety driving lessons for high school students. The winning lessons are to function as upcoming public service announcements for the winners’ schools and communities regarding safe teen driving.
The Grand Prize winner will receive a free, in-person Toyota Driving Expectations event for their local community. Toyota Driving Expectations is a free program for teen drivers and their parents that has educated nearly 18,000 participants since 2004. The program takes teens the next step beyond driver’s education and introduces “real world” obstacles, conditions and distractions in a safe and controlled driving environment.
The First Place winner will receive two virtual driving simulators, provided by Virtual Driver Interactive. The simulators are programmed with One Simple Decision™ — a program designed to stop impaired and distracted driving with a first person experience that focuses on real life consequences.
“Discovery Education is a firm believer in not only educating students on subjects inside the classroom, but teaching important lessons outside the classroom as well,” said Mary Rollins, vice president of education partnerships, Discovery Education. “The Educators’ Challenge is an exciting and effective way to get communities involved in promoting safe teen driving habits and teaching teens the consequences of distracted driving.”
The Educators’ Challenge is just one part of Toyota and Discovery Education’s joint program, Toyota Teen Driver, which aims to provide resources to schools, educators, parents and teens to help educate teens and keep them safer behind the wheel. For more information on the program, visit For more information on the Toyota Driving Expectations program, visit