About Us

Your Trusted Real Estate School in North Carolina


  • 107-D1 Commerce Street, Greenville, NC 27858

​​​East Carolina School of Real Estate conducts the Broker Prelicense Course required to qualify applicants for the license examination to become licensed as a real estate “provisional” broker in North Carolina, the Postlicense Courses needed for a “provisional” broker to remove the “provisional” status from their license, and Continuing Education Courses needed annually for brokers to maintain their license on active status.

School Licensure/Approval: East Carolina School of Real Estate is licensed by the North Carolina Real Estate Commission. Any complaints concerning the School should be directed in writing to:

North Carolina Real Estate Commission
Education & Licensing Division
P.O. Box 17100; Raleigh, NC 27619


The Real Estate School offers Pre and Post-licensing, Continuing Education and Genaral Real Estate Courses. We have already started teaching and enrollment has been brisk. We are offering additional courses in the weeks and months to come.

Why ​take classes at East Carolina School of Real Estate​?

  • Small classroom with a maximum enrollment of 16 students
  • State of the art technology including large flat screen with internet access
  • ​B​reak area stocked with snacks and beverages

We are confident that we are offering not only the most comfortable teaching environment around but the greatest ​learning​ potential as we expand the range of courses offered. We invite you to meet with us to learn more about our school, our plan for the future, and what we have to offer.

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            ABOUT the DIRECTOR

Chris W. Darden, Director/Instructor
School Director GRI, CRS, ABR, ePRO, SRES, CHC

Chris has 23 years of Real Estate Sales experience. She also holds several real estate designations to include Graduate of the Real Estate Institute (GRI), Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Accredited Buyer's Representative (ABR), Internet Real Estate Professional (ePRO), Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES). Chris is also a Certified Housing Counselor and have conducted several Homeownership Workshops and Credit Repair Seminars. She is a member of the Affordable Housing Group who administers the certification. She has conducted several in-house Broker training sessions. Chris has a passion for teaching.

She has two wonderful adult children who are pursuing a career in different areas of Real Estate Management. Chris is also a Broker-in-Charge of American Dream - Realtors and Property Manager of Darden Properties, LLC. She is very diverse in the Real Estate arena.

As a result of these experiences, she has considerable skills and competence in designing, implementing, monitoring, and assessing educational programs for diverse learners and learning situations.

Chris Darden, Broker, GRI, CRS, ABR, SRES, e-PRO
Real Estate Broker In Charge

Chris has a BS Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and an AAS Degree in Business Office Technology.

Chris began her real estate career in February 1996 with Century 21. During her Real Estate Career, she formed a Team under the Century 21 system called the American Dream Team and later branched out to form her own Agency called American Dream-Realtors where she is the Broker-in-Charge and conducts staff training. She conducted Home ownership Workshops for first-time home buyers on a quarterly basis.

Because real estate is a sound investment, she decided to expand her teaching skills and teach consumers how to obtain their real estate license.  She received her teaching certification from the North Carolina Real Estate Commission in December, 2014 and began her new endeavor of teaching the real estate courses. She has been recognized and commended by the North Carolina Real Estate Commission as having a 90% - 100% pass rate since she began her real estate education career.

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Donna J. Gibbs/Instructor - Trainee

Donna has a MS in Counselor Education and a BS in Family and Consumer Sciences with a concentration in Child Development and Family Relations as well as a minor in Psychology. Donna is also a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and has worked with clients for their individual therapy needs for over 10 years. This affords her the ability to understand the whole client and the client's need. In addition, she was a part time instruction at Pitt Community College as well.

Donna began her real estate career in August 2017 with American Dream Realtors. She continues to work with this Team of professionals. She is a graduate of our East Carolina School of Real Estate. Donna specializes as a broker for both sellers and buyers for single family residences and land/lot purchases. She works hard at staying on top of the latest cutting-edge real estate technology. She always strives to present the best, most up-to-date information for her clients. Donna is customer driven and is dedicated to achieving results and providing exceptional service. Prior to realizing her Real Estate career, Donna was an assistant construction project manager for over 20 years. This leads to her extensive knowledge in the building industry. As part of her knowledge base in the Real Estate Profession, she decided to afford others the opportunity to gain knowledge and grow in the profession.


Elisa A. (Nina) Petro/Instructor - Trainee

Nina was Licensed in 2007 after many years working in the legal and paralegal field. Real estate seemed a natural progression and Nina loves every aspect of the real estate profession.

Nina is a sole proprietor and Broker-in-Charge of her agency. She enjoys taking the entire home selling and buyer journey from start to finish with her clients running a “warm referral business”. The biggest compliment someone can pay to a business owner is a referral. A Referral means the client trusts the Broker.
With the knowledge and passion that Nina has for Real Estate, she decided to expand her portfolio into the real estate education area to assist others with becoming Real Estate Brokers.


Continuing Education

"Chris is very knowledgeable of the course material and kept the class engaged."

"Chris' greatest strength is her knowledge of the topics and clear explanations. The class was enjoyable, learned a lot."

"Will definitely take again and recommend to everyone I know."

"One of Chris' strengths is her knowledge of real estate and her ability to transfer that to the student. Excellent."

"Great Class! Learned a lot."

"Great looking facility"

"Great Class!"

"I really enjoyed the class and the instructor technique."

"Chris is personable, gives real life discussions, and is respected in the real estate community."

"I was impressed with the class information."

"Beautiful facility. Clean and nice quotes."

"Chris' greatest strengths are her knowledge of the subject matter and pleasing personality. Will take other classes."

"One of the best class I have taken."

"Excellent communicator and excellent knowledge of material. Like the case studies."

"Chris makes the class subject relate to real world examples. I like the location, class size, communication between students, and overall feel of the class."

"Very personable. Open, small classes."

"Good Environment, Great Teacher."

"Chris's greatest strength is her personal and business experiences. Great Atmosphere."

"Very much enjoyed the class."

"Instructor was very good at breaking down subject and was very open with the class and allowed them to get involved."

"The instructors' greatest strength is her breadth of experience and personality. Very affordable, nice facilities, snacks provided."

"Chris is knowledgeable, relatable, down to earth and entertaining to keep the class engaged. I enjoyed learning under this instruction."

"Fun and Knowledgeable."

"The instructor has the ability to relate to student inquiries and knowledge of the system."


"Chris will now provide ALL CE credits for me!"

"Great Job"

"Best continuing education class that I've been to"

"She knows real estate, She knows how to teach"

​"Chris has a wonderful personality. Looks & acts professionally."

​"Chris has a wealth of knowledge about real estate!"

"I would recommend any agent to attend a course with this instructor."

"Really enjoyed the atmosphere and learning experience."

"Great class, enjoyed the small setting"

​"Great environment and instructor!"

​"Great location, strong communication and understanding of material."

​"Very good session. Small session size allows for great interaction!"

​"Mrs. Darden is very knowledgable of her job. I really enjoyed the class & atmosphere."

"The instructor knows the local market well and the NC rules & regulations."

"She makes the information easy to understand. Enjoyed the class." 

"I've taken several, and will continue."

​"Great Job."

​"Excellent instructor"

​"Enjoyed class"

"Chris did an excellent job."

"Very informative, enthusiastic, great class."

"Loved the intimate setting and supplied refreshments."

​"Very Personable, Made the class fun."

​"Relaxed style."

​"Very good with class participation. Great Class!"

"Great school, Liked the course, Loved the instructor!"

​"Chris was great, really enjoyed her teaching method."

​"Inviting atmosphere"​

​"First time taking from this instructor & I will be back!"

" I felt very comfortable and would take more CE's with Ms. Darden."

​"Always enjoyable, she keeps my attention!"

"Enthusiasm and love for real estate - just a NICE person."

"Communicate rules in a very understandable language. I appreciates personalization of the class."

"Love the small class feel, great facility."

​"Clean, updated technology & love the snacks!"​​

​"Great course and location. I would recommend this instructor and company to all of my realtors."

"Love the small class size and schedule that give's the chance to take courses early in the year."


"Her strengths are her ability to give accurate information in ways that help in retaining subject matter. Great Teacher!"​​

​"She is truly excited about real estate, and it shows! Comfortable setting, snacks are nice and small class size."

​"Her strengths are her varied teaching styles and interaction with the class. Awesome class overall."

"Chris makes learning fun!"

​"Chris is very personable and has been in the field for a long time, so I trust her knowledge in Real Estate. Great school and course!"

​"Great Teacher, Great Class"


"Chris made the class enjoyable and interesting"

"Chris is friendly and professional and I believe your students will love her!"

"One of Chris' strengths is her ability to relate to students."

"Chris always answered questions where I could understand the answers as it related to the topic."

"Keeps students engaged"

"Chris is Fun, Kind, and Enthusiastic"

"Great class, instruction and environment."

"Chris' greatest strength is her personal experience and relating that to the subject matter"

"Content is clear. Great program and instruction!"

​"I love East Carolina School of Real Estate!"

​"Chris has knowledge of actual real estate and gives real life scenarios."

​"Chris has knowledge of the material and industry, patience with students and sense of humor. I will take all of my post-licensing here or wherever Chris is teaching."

"Chris made the course fun and interesting. Will definitely be taking more courses here."

​"Best class ever - this is the last of 3 and the best!"

​"Chris is knowledgeable of facts, and on top of changing rules and laws."

​"Chris is the best in town!"

"Looking forward to additional opportunities to learn from this instructor."

"Chris gives excellent examples!"

"Ability to relate to each student with her own experiences."

"Better than PCC & cheaper."

"Awesome personality."

"Presentation of material in a manner which is easily understandable and allowing time for students to grasp mathematical concepts."