Established in 2003, the Massachusetts Real Estate Educator of the Year award recognizes REALTORS® for their voluntary contributions and participation in activities that promote the professional development and career advancement of fellow real estate practitioners.
The award is intended to be presented annually to a deserving MAR member who promotes professionalism in the real estate industry through personal involvement in numerous professional development activities. Persons to consider for the award may include instructors for continuing education, pre-licensing and professional development courses; trainers for local real estate brokerages; chairpersons or members of the local REALTORS® association’s education committee; and members who have been active in providing professional development and career growth opportunities for agents and brokers or those who speak to community groups or at high school or college careers days to increase public awareness about real estate as a full-time profession.
The recipient of the Massachusetts Real Estate Educator of the Year award is chosen by MAR Educator of the Year Award Selection Committee. The criteria for selecting the state Real Estate Educator of the Year includes one’s role as a professional development trainer and instructor for industry-related courses; personal involvement in the development of real estate curricula and/or course materials; and the publication of originally authored works, such as a book or bylined article in an industry trade journal or newsletter. Professional designations or honors that demonstrate the quality and commitment of an individual to the role of educator also may be considered.
The award recipients receives a commemorative trophy which is presented each year at the MAR Professional Awards Banquet, typically held in the fall.
Real Estate Educator of the Year Award Recipients
The Massachusetts Real Estate Educator of the Year Award was first presented by MAR in 2003. Below is a list of award recipients.
Linda Kody, CBR, LMC, EHO, North Andover
A state-certified continuing education instructor and instructor for the MAR Loss Mitigation Certification (LMC) course since its inception in 2008. She has taught for the Northeast Association of REALTORS® and instructs at the annual MAR Conference & Tradeshow. In addition to teaching LMC certification, she teaches Expanding Housing Opportunity, Code of Ethics for Professional Standards panel members, Quadrennial training of the Code of Ethics, New Member Orientation and Designated REALTOR® Orientation. Kody regularly appears on various expert panels and volunteers with the Merrimack Valley Housing Partnership and Lawrence Community Works. She is frequently quoted in Banker & Tradesman as an industry expert and has written articles for Bay State REALTOR® Magazine.
Karen Jaworski, ABR, CRS, CBR, GRI, LTG, LMC, Yarmoutport
A state-certified education instructor in Massachusetts who writes, designs and teaches real estate courses for the Cape Cod & Islands Association of REALTORS®. She has taught new REALTOR® orientation, Real Estate Steps of Success for new agents, NAR Code of Ethics, and is the Professional Standards Administrator for THE CAPE COD ASSOCIATION. She also teaches salesperson and broker pre-licensing courses and many Massachusetts continuing education courses at the Mid-Cape Real Estate School.
Robert Nahigian, FRICS, SIOR, CRE, Newton
A state-certified continuing education instructor in Massachusetts who writes, designs and teaches real estate courses and programs for state and local REALTOR® associations across the country. Courses he has written for the GRI curriculum include: Overview to Industrial Real Estate; Primer for Commercial Real Estate; International Real Estate; and Market and Negotiating Commercial Real Estate. Nahigian has also developed specific commercial real estate courses for the Massachusetts Licensing Commission’s Education Subcommittee.
Jeffrey D. Chute, ABR, CBR, GREEN, GRI, SRES
Jeffrey Chute is a state-certified continuing education instructor in Massachusetts who designs, writes and teaches real estate course for the Plymouth & South Shore Association of REALTORS® (PASS), MAR and several local associations across the state. Courses he has written include GRI 202 module “Green Awareness in Housing” and recently created a three-hour course on “Marketing to Seniors” under contract to a large real estate office in Maine. Chute created and presented the “Green Webinar” for MAR’s monthly Webinar Wednesday series and he is also a REBAC certified instructor who has taught NAR’s GREEN Designation course. Currently Chute also teaches the 2-hour Code of Ethics portion of the PASS Orientation.
Linda Kody, CBR, LMC, North Andover
A state-certified continuing education instructior, an instructor for the MAR Loss Mitigation Certification course since its inception in 2008, instructor for the Northeast Association of REALTORS®, instructor at the annual MAR Conference and Tradeshow, speaker at the Federal Reserve Bank's HOPE Now event in 2008, instructor on several courses on real estate at Northern Essex Community College and owner of Kody & Company in North Andover.
Gary Bourque, CREA, Leominster
A state-certified real estate continuing education instructor, an instructor for the Graduate Realtor Institute, member of the Professional Standards and Education and Events Committees, Associate-member of the Appraisal Institute, member and past chairman of the NCMAR Real Estate School and Education Committee, certified member of the Massachusetts Board of Real Estate Appraisers, certified member of the National Association of Real Estate Appraisers, past president of the Montachusett Executive Association, past recipient of the Education of the Year Award in 2005 and 2006, and broker/owner of Central Mass. Appraisals Inc. and Bourque Realty in Leominster.
Linda O'Connor, ABR, CRS, GRI, ITI, LTG, PMN, REEA, Beverly
A state-certified real estate continuing education instructor, an instructor for the Graduate Realtor Institute, 2007 chair of the North Shore Association of REALTORSâ Orientation Committee, member of the NSAR Mediation and Professional Standards Committees, 2007 President Massachusetts Chapter of the Council of Residential Specialists, and broker/owner of REALPRO Associates in Beverly.
Aime Denault, GRI, Leominster
A state-certified real estate continuing education course instructor, a trainer for Century 21 International, a member of the faculty of the North Central Massachusetts Assn. of REALTORSâReal Estate School, and a broker with Centry 21/Denault Realty in Leominster.
Elaine Hoff, CBR, CRS, GRI, of Wilmington
A state-certified real estate training instructor, member of the Massachusetts REALTORâ Institute faculty, and a broker with RE/MAX Encore in Wilmington
Amy Greene , ABR, CBR, CRB, CRS, GRI, SRES, of Yarmouth
A state-certified real estate training instructor, member of the Massachusetts REALTORâ Institute faculty, and the broker-owner of Martin/Surette Realty, LLC., in Dennis, Harwich, and Yarmouth.
Jody O’Brien, CBR, GRI, of Andover
A salesperson and professional development trainer with Carlson/GMAC Real Estate in Woburn, and a member of the Massachusetts REALTORâ Institute faculty.