staff and instructors

Kim Bates has taken a very hands-on approach to guidance and support as the Director of the Chicago Real Estate School. Kim understands the stress associated with transitioning into a new career. Kim provides training ideas prior to and during the course so that students are in a position to start building business through networking while attending class. Kim prides herself in having a school with a consistently high pass rate.
Kelly Bates started her career with the Chicago Real Estate School in the spring of 2010. Her duties include proctoring, preparing transcripts and career guidance. She enjoys meeting one on one with students to help them make the transition into Real Estate.
Vick Valenti has been a Licensed Illinois Real Estate Instructor since 2007. He is very passionate about teaching students from all walks of life the knowledge necessary to pass the state exam. Vick loves to interact with students and thoroughly enjoys the positive feedback he receives after they pass and move on with their careers.
Sam Zakarian has been a Licensed Illinois Real Estate instructor for 16 years. Sam creates a positive and exciting environment while passing on the full knowledge required to pass the Illinois state exam. Students will benefit from Sam’s extensive background and energetic style.

Nonye Ononogbu is a licensed Illinois real estate broker and instructor who enjoys imparting knowledge and helping students gain the skills and knowledge to succeed. Using real life experiences and other strategies to facilitate learning in a fast-paced environment, students can be sure to leave her class feeling prepared to study for and pass the real estate exam and continue on to a successful career.

Frank Muldowney has been a Licensed Illinois Real Estate Instructor for over 15 years. He has served on many Illinois MLS Boards and Real Estate Associations.  Frank’s background also includes extensive experience in the commercial real estate field.  Frank continues to pursue his first love, teaching, by conducting Real Estate Pre-Licensing courses at the Chicago Real Estate School.

Derek McNeal considers it his role to provide each and every student with the tools, resources, and knowledge about the Real Estate industry. “I believe in you” summarizes Derek’s philosophy.  He also effectively provides various test taking techniques and analysis to ensure a positive result in taking the state exam. Derek believes that it is the responsibility of the instructor to recognize, understand, and appreciate students’ needs.

Kimberley Johnson is licensed in Real Estate in Ohio & Illinois, Practicing since 1994 and Teaching since 2006 the Pre-Licensing and Post-Licensing Courses. She is Educator of the Year 2021, Association of Illinois Real Estate Educators. Kimberley has a Bachelors Degree in Legal Studies from Ursuline College in Ohio and a Masters Degree in Transformational Leadership and Coaching, Concentration in Emotional Intelligence from The Wright Graduate University. She is on the Advisory Board for Holy Family Ministries School and is a member of Toastmasters International, Oak Park Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Women Business Owners, and Dress for Success & Professional Women’s Group. Previously, she served as Women’s Council President Chicago NW in 2018-19. She is currently a Presenter for Living with Breast Cancer.