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 various paths to success in real estate are 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 two granddaughters.  Stephen & I enjoy spending time with family, traveling and antiquing in our down time.


  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.


Edwardsville Location

2205 South State Route 157

Edwardsville, Illinois 62025

Belleville Location

1928 Lebanon Avenue

Belleville, Illinois 62221


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