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 Mike Delis was retired from the Edgartown Police Department after a severe on duty injury. Mike’s love of police work, cars and motorcycles led to his love of teaching people how to operate motor vehicles properly. 

   When he is not working he can usually be found driving or working on his own vehicles. His knowledge of motor vehicle law, how cars work, and extensive emergency vehicle operation instruction are a great background for a driving instructor. 

  Mike graduated from Westfield State College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.  Mike was a State Certified Radar/Lidar instructor for police officers. Mike was MADD Officer of the year in 2001 for his work in OUI enforcement. Mike was also a State Certified Motor Vehicle Inspector. Mike began working for Vineyard Auto School under the previous owners, the Thibodeaus, after a few years he and Neal purchased the business from them.

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Neal Maciel is a life long resident of Martha’s Vineyard. Neal attended schools here on Martha’s Vineyard

Neal’s career in law enforcement began in May of 1975 as a patrolman with the Tisbury Police Department. In November of 1977 Neal moved to the Oak Bluffs Police Department where he worked as a patrolman until transferring to the Registry of Motor Vehicles Police Department in January 1985.

Neal’s duties during his service with the Registry included motor vehicle law enforcement, fatal vehicle crash investigations, permit and road testing for all classes of vehicles, school bus inspection and inspection station enforcement.

In July of 1992 with the merging of four state police departments, Neal went to work for the Department of State Police.  Additional duties included court prosecutor for the Edgartown District, Superior and Juvenile courts, breath test expert/trainer/keeper of the records. Neal was also closely involved with the Martha’s Vineyard school system.

Neal was promoted to the rank of sergeant in January of 1997 and assigned as the Station Commander of the Oak Bluffs barrack in February of 2008. Duties included overseeing the day to day operations of the station and its personnel. Neal was also charged with coordinating and interacting with numerous international, federal, state, county and local agencies. This included visits to the island by Presidents Bush(41), Clinton and Obama.

In May of 2010 Neal received an Honorable Discharge and retired from active service.

In January of 2011 Neal became involved with driver training after being contacted by MV Drive for Life. MV Drive for Life is a parent group mainly made up of parents who have lost teenagers to car crashes. This group was responsible for providing Drivers Education classes to Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School students during their school day. 

Together Neal and Mike purchased Vineyard Auto School, Inc in July of 2011. Both Neal and Mike are committed to improving Driver Education here on Martha’s Vineyard. One driver at a time…  


    Cheryl Atherton retired from the Falmouth Police Department after 35 years of service. Most of her career was spent working with kids as the department's Juvenile Officer, DARE Officer, and School Resource Officer. She loves to teach and was an adjunct faculty member of Western New England College in the Criminal Justice Department.  Cheryl is a volunteer and mentor for the Falmouth VIPS (Volunteers in Public Schools). She began working for Vineyard Auto School in 2012 and also owns Sister Spin Entertainment, a DJ business.

Mission Statement  

It has been our goal since getting involved with driving instruction to provide new drivers with as much knowledge and real driving experience as we can to keep them from becoming a statistic. We don’t just teach people how to pass a road test, we teach them how to operate a motor vehicle safely.

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