The instructors at J.Y. Monk Real Estate School are Dynamic Real Estate Professionals who are committed to making your learning experience successful. Most important, our outstanding instructors try to make your experience with our school interesting and fun along the way! We “hand pick” our instructors to make sure that our students receive only the best in educating you for a NC real estate career.
Are you interested in joining our team of top-notch North Carolina real estate instructors? We’ve developed this Instructor Candidate Letter to guide you step-by-step through the process of qualifying and applying for a position as a J.Y. Monk instructor.
Frank has been helping people buy and sell real estate in Pitt County for over a decade. Before starting his real estate career, Frank was a teacher in public and private schools from the grade school level through college. Frank earned a master’s degree in education (M.A.Ed.) from East Carolina University. While attending college at ECU, Frank worked in construction, so he understands the home building process from the ground up. As an award winning broker and former owner/partner of one of the area's largest real estate firms, Frank developed tremendous experience and insight into the real estate business. He has served as a member of the Board Of Directors for the Greenville/Pitt Association of Realtors and is currently the broker-in-charge for Home Buyers Marketing, Inc. Frank has a passion for educating others about the ever-changing real estate Industry and has enjoyed teaching licensing and continuing education courses to thousands of students across the state at JY Monk Real Estate School. In 2016, Frank accepted the position of director at the JY Monk Real Estate School. Together with an exceptional team of dedicated instructors, Frank strives to continue delivering the best real estate educational programs available through North Carolina’s premier real estate school.
Sarah is an active broker representing buyers and sellers, and was a broker’s assistant to her husband for 9 years. She has managed rental properties and partnered with a builder in construction of a 12-home subdivision. Sarah served in the United States Navy for 23 years, often holding full- or part-time instructor duties. She earned Master Training Specialist designation and was awarded Instructor of the Year from over 1,000 Navy, Marine Corps, and civilian instructors. Sarah earned her BS in business administration from New Hampshire College. Upon retirement, Sarah became a business education teacher for North Carolina Public Schools, teaching high school for over 11 years. Sarah is a member of the National and North Carolina Associations of REALTORS®, the North Carolina Real Estate Educators Association, and the Fayetteville Regional Association of REALTORS®. She teaches prelicensing, postlicensing, and continuing education courses in Fayetteville and across North Carolina. She is passionate about seeing her students achieve their goals in the field of real estate.
While working with two of the largest real estate firms in the area, both as an agent and a broker-in-charge, Donna has been training and coaching real estate licensees since the early-80s. Currently, she manages an office in Knightdale, where she actively assists in developing the business career of the agents, while growing the office to respond to an improving real estate market. Donna brings this enthusiasm to the classroom as a real estate instructor. Her real-life experiences allow her to relate to students in prelicensing, postlicensing, and continuing education courses, which she teaches in our Raleigh location. Donna has been an active participant in the REALTOR® organization, serving on both the local and state levels. She has served as president of the Raleigh Regional Association of Realtors, was named Realtor of the Year, and continues to serve on the Government Affairs Committee. At NCAR, she has served twice on the Executive Committee, including a number of years as state director. Her professional designations include GRI, CRB, e-Pro, and SFR. In 2012, Donna was named Member of the Year for the Women's Council of Realtors. Donna graduated from North Carolina State University with a BA in speech communications.
Following her career in cable and television broadcasting, Venita transferred into the real estate and insurance arena. After graduating from Shaw University and North Carolina State University, she created Greater Raleigh Real Estate, Inc., and holds the GRI and SFR designations. She is also a life, health, and Medicare insurance consultant. Venita sums up her career path, saying, "I experienced the greatest melting pot of a lifetime as an undergraduate at Old Dominion University. Forty years later, I am now in the midst of an even more diverse society of outrageously creative, knowledgeable, and patient students who don't think twice about helping each other while solidifying their own personal goals. This is one script I could never have written."
Andy has an associate's degree in industrial management from Fayetteville Technical Community College and a bachelor of business administration from Campbell University. He has over 30 years in the training profession in local industry, Fayetteville Technical Community College, and real estate. Andy served in the US Navy on a submarine tender in Dunoon, Scotland, as an electricians mate. He was also the company trainer at two real estate firms, training all new agents, as well as experienced agents. Andy has over 10 years as an active real estate broker in the Fayetteville, North Carolina, and surrounding areas. He was named Listing Agent of the Year at Prudential John Koenig REALTORS® on more than one occasion, Listing Agent of the Month several times, and was awarded the Multi-Million Dollar award while practicing real estate. Andy uses his vast experience in sales and listings to teach prelicensing, postlicensing, and continuing education classes across North Carolina.
From his years as an Economic Developer for one of the countyry's most well chronicled revitalization programs, through his years as a Commercial Broker, Owner and Broker-in-Charge of one of Western North Carolina's most productive real estate brokerage firms overseeing some 6,300+ successful closings, Russell truly brings a myriad of experience to J.Y. Monk and its students. He has held numerous leadership positions within the Industry, including President of the Asheville Board of REALTORS®, Regional Vice President/Executive Committee Member of the North Carolina Association of REALTORS® and as Second Vice President of the Home Builder's Association of Greater Asheville, to name a few. He served as Chair of Professional Standards at his local Board for many years and is a trained Mediator, serving the REALTOR® organization when arbitrable matters arise. Russell has been a speaker or panelist at local, State, National and International conferences on topics ranging from technology, value propositions, risk management and other Industry related matters. He is an active, licensed real estate Broker and Broker-in-Charge in both North and South Carolina.
Cindy was born and raised in NC and majored in communications and public speaking in college. After devoting 14 years to being a full time Mom and raising three boys, she realized her dream of joining the real estate profession in 2005. She received her NC real estate broker’s license and has since worked in every aspect of the real estate industry representing sellers, buyers, investors, and banks by leasing, managing, buying and selling properties in both residential and commercial markets. Cindy’s passion for teaching and coaching began when she participated in Dale Carnegie courses where she became inspired by simple, honest, fun, and effective techniques of instruction. Combined with her teaching abilities and broad knowledge of real estate, Cindy is excited about instructing for the NC Real Estate Commission and helping others succeed in the real estate profession. In her spare time Cindy enjoys fly fishing, hiking, skiing, and spending time with her family and friends.
Kathy Casa has been an enthusiastic innovator involved in the Real Estate Industry for 16 plus years. Her experience spans banking, education, and brokerage at all levels from entry to executive. Extensively trained as an educator she is able to capture real life industry experience and translate it into valuable lessons for her students with proven success. Kathy believes “Real Estate is a passion and helping others grow both professionally and personally is my rewards!” She holds a bachelor degree cum laude from Dominican College with concentrations in Education and Business as was well as Master's Education in Instructional Technology from the New York Institute of Technology, She has served as Broker in Charge and is currently a member of the Carolina MLS and REEA.
Dwight is an active broker who works with buyers and sellers, and is also a Broker-in-Charge. He is locally recognized as a real estate expert, often sought out by brokers and BICs for his knowledge regarding a myriad of situations. Dwight owns and manages rental properties and previously partnered with a builder in construction of a 12-home subdivision. He held full or part-time instructor duties through most of his 20-year career in the United States Navy. He earned his BS in Business Administration with New Hampshire College. Dwight was also a Business Education teacher for North Carolina Public Schools where he taught middle school for over eight years. He teaches Prelicensing, Postlicensing, and Continuing Education courses in Fayetteville and across North Carolina individually or as a team with his wife Sarah. He is passionate about helping his students become thriving real estate brokers. He enjoys maintaining his small farm, reading, and traveling. He likes to say he is “just a country boy trying to make a living in North Carolina”.
Nathan Zaleski is the founding member of Sterling Law and brings 14 years of legal experience as a practicing real estate attorney. Nathan has an active real estate closing practice and has closed over 2,500 real estate transactions, including residential, commercial, new construction, land development, land acquisitions and out-sales, trustee sales, foreclosures, execution sales, refinances, construction loans, conservation transactions, and others. Nathan currently sits on the Government Affairs Committee of the Raleigh Regional Association of Realtors. As a Committee member, he works on legislative, regulatory and political issues affecting the real estate industry at both the local and state level. He is also licensed by the North Carolina Real Estate Commission as a real estate broker and real estate instructor. He is an instructor at the J.Y. Monk School of Real Estate and enjoys teaching pre-licensing, post-licensing, and continuing education courses to real estate professionals across North Carolina.