Dane Halvorson

Owner, Instructor and Master Examiner

Driving Instructor 10 years.
BS in History from the University of Washington.
Owned insurance agency for 10 years.
Northshore School District bus driver for 7 years.
Softball coach for NGSSA for 11 years.
Married to high school sweetheart, Jill, for 29 years.
Dad to two daughters, 22 and 24 years old.

A Word from Dane:

We started Xcelerate to be different. 11 years ago I began to drive a bus for Northshore School District. The main reason was for the health care benefits. But something else happened: I found that my favorite group of students to drive was JR/SR High. We have fun on the bus while still staying on the rails and following the rules.

Around this same time a good friend was getting his Master’s Degree to become a teacher. I thought about getting my masters as well. However, I did not have the $25k for grad school. Fortunately I was approached by another bus driver about teaching drivers ed at Check-Ride in Woodinville. Thus, two great things came together: A subject I really liked (driving), with a student group I am able to communicate and relate to.  And with my wife’s office management and customer service experience, we had the perfect combo to start our own school together.

I really enjoy teaching the subject of “Driver’s Ed”. At Xcelerate we will strive to the best in driver’s education while providing a fun atmosphere.  My goal is to have the students actually look forward to class!  Our office staff and instructors are passionate about what they teach and really care about our students and customers.  You’ll be happy you chose us!  Thanks for reading.

Cheers, Dane


Jill Halvorson

Owner and Office Manager

Worked in insurance industry 10 years.
Stay at home mom 8 years.
Northshore School District secretary 10 years. (Elem, JH and HS)
Softball coach for NGSSA for 11 years.
Married to high school sweetheart, Dane, for 29 years.
Mom to two daughters, 22 and 24 years old.