Meet the Rebelle U Instructors

Our instructors are not just competitors, and they aren’t just coaches, they are both. They have experience in both competition and instruction which gives them a well-rounded approach to your learning.

Emily Miller | Chrissie Beavis | Matthew Johnson | Christopher Walker | Shelby Hall

The Instructors

Emily Miller

Miller is the founder of the Rebelle Rally and Rebelle U training programs. She began her automotive career under the guidance of legendary off-road racer Rod Hall as a team driver. She was the demo driver, coach and manager of the Rod Hall Light Truck Tire Seminars and experimental off-road driving events, producing 15-25 events and sessions per year with focused curriculum and learnings. To date, she has coached over 8,000 people to drive and navigate off-road.

She has numerous wins and podium finishes as a driver and supporting team driver from Vegas to Reno, Baja 1000, Rallye des Gazelles, Carta Rally and other races over her career. With a degree in exercise physiology and kinesiology, Miller reinforces physiologic principles into the athleticism and skills of driving, navigating and endurance competition. And her passion, enthusiasm and encouragement to new students resonates throughout Rebelle U.

Chrissie Beavis

Chrissie Beavis is one of the most successful women rally drivers and navigators. She has earned many stage and rally wins as a performance stock driver and is frequently sought out as a navigator by some of the biggest names in the sport such as Travis Pastrana and Tanner Foust. She is also a former X Games Gold Medalist.

Raised by highly respected parents in the rally world, her experience dates back long before she received her driver’s license. She was an instructor in the Bridgestone Winter Driving School and has been a core instructor with Miller since Rebelle U’s inception. Her attention to detail on curriculum, understanding and reinforcement of vehicle control and dynamics and dedication to learning is felt throughout Rebelle U.

Latitudes, longitudes, coordinates, and how to mark them on a paper map. Not only are they key skills for current and future Rebelles, they are also vital for any adventurer or traveler.

Matthew Johnson

Matthew Johnson has been a professional driver and instructor since 2006. His motorsports career began with state autocross championships, national class wins in rallying his VW GTI followed by sponsorships and National Production GT championships with Subaru. He took that experience and focused on teaching the arts of driving for manufacturers including Audi, BMW, Mercedes AMG, Maserati, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Toyota etc. and tire companies Bridgestone, Pirelli and Michelin, including the Bridgestone Winter Driving School.

Included in his vast resume of experience is his role on Top Gear, and he is currently a member of the world traveling team for BBC TopGear. He has also produced and performed on car commercials and videos including Ludacris, Will i Am, Matt LeBlanc, Billie Eilish, Alisha Keys, Dax Shepard, Rob Courdry, Clarkson, Hammond, May and others.

Matthew has been with Rebelle Rally since the beginning and also as an instructor for Rebelle U for 6+ years.

Christopher Walker

Chris Walker is a multi-year instructor on Rebelle U and familiar face on the Rebelle Rally. He is the owner of Overland Training Canada – leading provider of high-quality off-road driver and operator training in both the recreational and commercial industries specializing in professional/commercial vehicle operations training, machine operation, vehicle recovery, winter driving, dynamic driving, expedition skills, and commercial certification.

Walker is also the Overland Expo’s Director of Overland Vehicle Training overseeing track builds, trainers and class curriculum.

When Walker isn’t on the rally, Rebelle U or Overland Expo, you can find him working with automakers on press drives, vehicle launch events, consumer ride and drive programs, specialist events, and providing off-road certification and training for industry professionals in a wide range of environments including oil & gas, forestry, mining, military, government, automakers and many more.

Shelby Hall

Shelby Hall comes from a family long known and revered for their off-road experience and success in racing and coaching. She began training students with Rebelle Rally and Rebelle U founder Emily Miller in 2012 in the Rod Hall Light Truck Tire Seminars. She has won the Rebelle Rally in the X-CrossTM Class a stock Ford Bronco Sport. She has been in the race drivers seat since 2012 and has competed in the Baja 1000, Mint 400 and other races.

In 2019, Ford Motor Company invited Shelby to join the brand in launching the all new Bronco. Shelby was a driver on the Desert Assassins / Ford Performance Bronco R race team as the only female driver, competing in the 2019 and 2020 Baja 1000. She now is an off-road driving instructor for several top-tier organizations including Rebelle U and has worked alongside Ford Motor Co in developing curriculum to drive more women to get behind the wheel.