Motorcycle RiderCoaches

Stephen Fuhrman

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A native Victorian, Stephen Fuhrman has been riding motorcycles for about 40 years. He started out on a 1969 Honda Z-50 Mini-Trail and now rides a 1994 Honda Gold Wing. Stephen became a RiderCoach in 2007 and says he enjoys teaching because it fulfills his passion for being on and around motorcycles while helping others become responsible motorcyclists "so they too can enjoy the ride."

Stephen earned his bachelor's Degree in biology from The University of Texas at Austin and works as an Environmental-Health-Safety technician for Dow Chemical.

  

Aftan Puente

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Aftan Puente is the newest RiderCoach, having received her certification on April 21. The Bay City native is a graduate of Victoria College and UHV with a Bachelor of Science in math. The former full-time math teacher now works as a part-time educator, serving as a VC adjunct instructor, a private tutor, and substitute teacher with VISD.

As the first female RiderCoach at Victoria College, Puente finds that less intimidating than being the newest and the youngest. When she attended the motorcycle safety course at Victoria College in 2009, one of her instructors had been riding motorcycles longer than she had been alive. Yet, while training to become a RiderCoach, the requirements are the same for all, regardless of age, experience, or gender.

“In spite of me being the youngest and with the least experience, we are all held to a higher standard than normal students,” Puente said. She said RiderCoaches are “there to help you in a safe, learning environment.”


Melissa Glassic

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Melissa Glassic is Victoria College’s newest RiderCoach.  She received her certification to teach the Basic Riding Course (BRC) in November 2014. The Inez native is a graduate of Victoria College with an AAS Business Management and is currently working on her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. When she is not studying, Melissa is a full time mom caring for her two children. She loves outdoor activities and can “outshoot her brothers any day of the week.”

Her inspiration to become a RiderCoach came from her peers and friends who said, “Melissa is a great teacher.” She rides a Yamaha FZ6R every chance that she can get and wants to help people discover the joys of riding safely.

Melissa feels that helping people learn to ride safely and responsibly is an amazing opportunity and looks forward to assisting each person in their motorcycling endeavors.

 

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