We value all our instructors and are proud to have them instructing our courses. We want you to know that at the Larabee School we hire experienced instructors who have a passion for real estate and want you to be successful. Read more about them and what they love about their jobs below.
Judy has a number of career achievements including her presidency of the Women’s Council of Realtors in 2003, a CRB and GRI designation, Director for the Realtors Association on the MLS board, RAL realtor of the Year in 2009, President of RAL – 2011, RAL Presidents Achievement Award recipient – 2003, RAL Outstanding Service Award recipient – 2004, a governing board director for the Graduate Realtor’s Institute, past chair of the RAL Education Committee, NRA Professional Standards Committee member – 2004-2010, National Realtors Professional Standards Committee – 2010-2012, a NAR member, NRA member and RAL member in addition to instructing for the Larabee School. She enjoys teaching and wants to do her part to help future agents succeed.
Tami has been licensed in Real Estate since 1993 and has been a licensed Broker since 2003. Her start in the real estate industry began in the title industry as a licensed title agent. She then was a Mortgage Loan Officer as a mortgage banker. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a minor in Business Administration. She is currently a CRB Managing Broker with a real estate company. Tami has been with Larabee for over 10 years teaching pre-license course, helping with curriculum development, teaching continuing education and assisting new agents with their training. She enjoys helping future agents to start their new career in the wonderful world of real estate.
Doug has been a licensed Realtor since 2005 and has the GRI, Green, and At Home with Diversity designations. His Real Estate activity includes owning residential rental properties and participating in a family farm corporation. Doug has an M.A. in Adult and Continuing Education from the University of Nebraska and has produced video and interactive media for a variety of public and private organizations. Doug’s community service includes work with organizations focused on sustainability issues and affordable housing, including rehab and new construction projects in older neighborhoods.
Debbie has instructed for Larabee for over two years. She’s held an active real estate license since 2001, and is currently the Director of Education for a real estate brokerage firm. Debbie has sold hundreds of homes and holds a multitude of professional designations, and since 2008, this includes the CRS designation from the National Association of REALTORS®, which is held by only 3% of all REALTORS®. Even with all her professional successes, Debbie’s greatest thrill is watching the looks on her students faces when they finally grasp a real estate concept they thought they would never understand. Simplifying real estate for her students, is her most rewarding activity. After her students take their license exam, Debbie loves getting all their text messages stating, “I passed!”
Throughout Leighun’s Realtor ® career she has had the pleasure of being an agent, a leader, an educator and a mentor. Her primary focus has always been professionalism within the real estate industry. She strives to challenge those around her to improve themselves and encourages them to be better agents. Education is a top priority for her. She is consistently working behind the scenes at local, state, and national levels to gather information and facilitate changes to improve the way business is done in an ever changing industry.
A father of 6 children, many years of experience in education and a sense of humor all contribute to Ben’s proficiency and effectiveness as an educator. Growing up in farm and dairy life has developed his knowledge of ag. He attended culinary school and holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Management. Having been a small business owner for over 20 years, Ben is fully aware of the skills and resources necessary to accomplish personal goals. His experience in a broad range of residential, commercial and acreage markets makes him a competent advisor. He is a valued business consultant by contributing his strong motivational and coaching skills. With over 30 years in the customer service field and as a practiced negotiator, Ben is a knowledgeable instructor and a valuable advocate for his students.
Amy Gewecke graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Business from Bellevue University. She began a residential cleaning service in 2005 and worked in that business until she began her real estate career as an unlicensed assistant. Amy got her Nebraska Salesperson’s license in 2017. She is an approved instructor for pre-license education through the Nebraska Real Estate Commission and is active on several state and local REALTOR® committees and organizations. She also enjoys helping clients buy and sell their homes. She earned her Graduate, Realtor Institute (GRI) designation in May 2019. Away from real estate Amy enjoys reading, learning new things, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and playing board games with her partner, Sean. Her daughters Olivia and Samantha are both college students.
Dede Mau graduated from UNK in 1986 with a BFA in Speech Communications and Theater. After traveling for a couple of years with a touring theater company, she came to Lincoln to pursue her Masters in Theatrical Costume Design. She began working for Sears Holding Company and turned her part time job into a 28-year career. During her tenure with Sears she found herself in a variety of management positions including; National Trainer for Lawn and Garden Equipment, Regional Facilities Manager, Store Manager, Operations Manager, National Operations Trainer and Commercial Property Manager. In 2016 Dede decided to get her Real Estate license to go with not only her commercial background, but her Auctioneers Certifications. Dede quickly immersed herself not only in Real Estate Sales but became involved the Realtors Association of Lincoln in Governmental Affairs, Community Relations and serves on the Board of Directors for the Association. Dede became an approved instructor for all pre-license courses and continuing education courses at Larabee School of Real Estate. Outside of Real Estate, Dede enjoys pottery…which she uses as house warming gifts for her real estate clients!