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The 35-Year Saga of Champions' School of Real Estate




It was early in December of 1983 when Rita Santamaria received official notice from the Texas Real Estate Commission that Champions School of Real Estate was licensed and open for business.

In the thirty-five years, since thousands of students have begun or continued their real estate careers walking through the doors of a Champions School of Real Estate campus. A few of these students may have even been with Champions since the beginning, watching as Champions School of Real Estate transformed from a single-classroom office off of Pebblebend Drive to the present nine-campus system located throughout Texas' major metropolitan areas.

The growth of Champions School of Real Estate has been strategic every step of the way. As a young real estate agent with a background in education, Rita was uniquely positioned to succeed - her deeply-held passion for teaching adult learners combined with an unbeatable entrepreneurial spirit helped lift the standards for an industry that was severely lacking current real estate courses and materials.

Rita opened Champions School of Real Estate in 1983 to bring the "total education experience" to new licensees. In her mind, a total education experience meant “current information on what is happening in the real estate industry, qualified instructors with a passion for teaching, and a welcoming learning environment that says, " thank you for choosing our school.”

Under the direction of Rita, who is joined in leadership by her right hand, her daughter and president of the company Kimberly Dydalewicz, Champions School of Real Estate has grown to encompass nine campuses throughout Texas, with seven state-of-the-art ChampionsLive! Studios, independent Curriculum Development and Online Divisions along with over 100 full-time or contract employees and instructors. Champions School of Real Estate has been recognized nationally as an industry disruptor for the provision of cutting-edge technology courses covering subjects like artificial intelligence and live broadcast courses that connect students coast-to-coast.

Champions School of Real Estate has also built a strong reputation for customer service, high retention rates and for being one of the best companies to work for in Texas. Currently, the team has the future in sight with two campuses under construction in Austin and Houston, more programs being offered in multiple states and exciting courses that go beyond the classroom to supplement every student's real estate expertise.

The Champions School of Real Estate students know and love today is the fulfillment of a dream. Rita Santamaria, together with her statewide team of real estate education professionals - have a bright future ahead with plenty to celebrate. Happy 35th Anniversary, Champions!

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