Our Teachers    

  Leesa Zick   

Academy Manager and Instructor

As Manager of the Gateway Academy of Real Estate, I am fascinated to hear incoming students’ reasons for wanting to become a licensee.  There are as many paths to success in real estate as there are individuals.  My own path included a BS in Engineering and a 25 year career in commercial construction before becoming a real estate licensee in 2005.  I have successfully sold multiple millions of dollars in real estate – both residential and commercial.  As a Pre-license Real Estate Instructor since 2008, I have seen hundreds of students become successful agents – each in their own unique way.  I married my wonderful husband, Stephen, in 2003 and we have three sons, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren.  Stephen & I enjoy spending time with family, traveling, and antiquing in our downtime.


  Marie Bartony 


I became licensed in real estate in 1993 because  I was ready for a change from doing hair for 15 years but I still wanted the flexibility of setting my own schedule while raising my young daughter. I have seen the industry and market change immensely over the past two decades. I have loved managing and teaching new agents over the years. When I left the management field of the business I found I missed the challenge of working with new agents and the school classroom is where I found a way to share that love of teaching and my experiences without the demands of being tied down managing an office. I have always enjoyed what I do, so it often doesn’t feel like work, just an opportunity to meet new people while helping them to buy or sell the American dream. Since my daughter is grown and married I enjoy spoiling my Havanese and visiting destinations on my travel bucket list.


Terri Dalla Riva  

Edwardsville Location

2205 South State Route 157

Edwardsville, Illinois 62025

Belleville Location

1928 Lebanon Avenue

Belleville, Illinois 62221


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