Meet Our Instructors

Terri Anderson

Owner/Real Estate Instructor – One of Anderson South Carolina’s top producers and in the Multi Million Dollar Club every year since she started her Real Estate career. 30 Years in real estate, and 20 years of teaching real estate law., she is a Certified Real Estate Instructor and Owns Western Upstate Academy of Real Estate in Anderson. Terri’s Designations include Graduate of Realtor Institute (GRI) , Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) and CLHMS, Certified Luxury Home marketing specialist. Areas of expertise are working with investors, , development and new home construction, commercial, and lake property. Terri is on the board of directors for the Western Upstate association of realtors, and on the professional standards committee for the state of SC. Terri is Broker in Charge of 5 KW offices including Anderson, Clemson, Seneca, Powdersville and Luxury Lake Living in Sunset. Terri is on the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity . Her hobbies include travel, boating, and she is an avid shagger ( the state dance of SC) with the electric City Shag Club. Terri enjoys life with her husband Bill, her children and grandchildren, and loves living in upstate SC.

Samantha Chrestensen

Samantha Chrestensen

Real Estate Instructor – Samantha is a SC licensed Broker with eXp Realty. She has been licensed in the Real Estate industry since 2004. She is also a Team Leader with the Next Level Group at eXp. She has held all of the following titles in Real Estate, Office Manager, Property Manager, Real Estate Agent,Broker, and Broker In Charge. Her current title is Associate Broker as she is with EXP Realty. She teaches at Western Upstate Academy of Real Estate of Anderson. She teaches Pre-Licensing classes, Property Management, Broker A, and Broker B. She also teaches Consultative Selling, Personal Finance, and other classes for Tri-County Technical College as well. She is a member of the Women’s Council of Realtors, The SC Association of Realtors, the National Association of Realtors, The Western Upstate Association of Realtors, The Western Upstate Multiple Listing Service, and The Greater Greenville Multiple Listing Service. She is a Realtor®, Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES), a Military Relocation Professional (MRP), Short Sale Foreclosure Resource Certified (SFR), Loss Mitigation Certified (LMC), (REO) Real Estate Owned Certified, Relocation Certified, Express Offer Certfied, a Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE) and an eXp Certified Mentor. She is also Nationally Certfied in Consultative Sales. She is a Growth Development Associates (GDA) Certified Instructor. She is an award winning Instructor having won a National Continuing Education Award for her Real Estate Sales Class Training. Her passion, training, and education have made her a well rounded Agent and Instructor with great success. When not running her Real Estate business or teaching, Samantha can be found spending time with her family in Easley. She enjoys spending time with her husband and family going fishing, camping, traveling, attending sporting events, knitting, and cooking. She is a proud Mom and Grandma (MiMi). Samantha can be found teaching at her online school Compass Real Estate School, Western Upstate Academy of Real Estate, and at Tri-County Technical College and can be found working with her clients both buyers and sellers at EXP Realty as well as helping to lead the Next Level Group at eXp. Samantha’s website can be found here.

Sandy Jordan

Real Estate Instructor – Sandy is a graduate of Anderson College and previously worked in the Human Resources Department for a local manufacturing company for 12 years and obtained the designation of Professional in Human Resources (PHR). Prior to Sandy’s HR experience, she worked in the banking industry for 7 years. Sandy began her Real Estate Career in 2002 and has been a Top Producer ever since that time. Designations include Broker, GRI, ABR, SFR, and ePRO. Sandy serves on the Professional Standards Committee for her local association. Sandy teaches for Western Upstate Academy of Real Estate. Sandy’s website can be found here.

Jim Tracey

Real Estate Instructor – Jim is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and previously worked as an account director for a large logistics software firm. Prior to that he ran an international warehousing company. Jim bought his first house in 1980 when he was 19 years old and interest rates were 14.5%. Since then he has bought/sold many properties in many different economic conditions while flipping homes, investing in income properties, and managing his own rental properties. Jim began his full time Real Estate Career in 2006, has been a Top Producer ever since, acquired his Broker license in 2017, and is the team leader of his own team. Jim’s team specializes in residential, lakefront, and income producing properties. Designations include REALTOR, Broker, ePro, and SFR. When not running his Real Estate businesses, Jim’s interests include bee keeping, bicycling, restoring antique cars, and boating. Jim teaches for Western Upstate Academy of Real Estate in the Anderson area. Jim’s website can be found here.


Real Estate Instructor – Ala is the lead agent of Chappelear & Associates, a top producing real estate team servicing clients in the Upstate area since 1999. Currently, over 85% of the team sales come from referrals from past clients and friends. With 125 transactions in 2017 alone, totaling almost 28 Million Dollars, our experience sets us apart from all of the competition. Over the years, the Chappelear & Associates team has earned its reputation as an expert in the local market. Recent awards and recognitions include: Top Agent Team for Keller Williams Realty North and South Carolina Region in 2016, Anderson Independent Mail “Best of Your Hometown” Top Realtors in 2016, 2017 and 2018, Anderson Magazine Best Local Realtors 2015 and runner up in 2016, and Highest volume of sales in Anderson County 3 years in a row for Western Upstate MLS (2015, 2016 and 2017).

Originally from the Republic of Georgia, Ala Chappelear came to Anderson in 1994. She is fluent in two languages, English and Russian. Ala, her husband Craig, and their son Jackson, have made Anderson, SC, their home. She began her successful career in Real Estate in 1998 and her business has grown substantially each year since. She is now a Broker Associate with Keller Williams Western Upstate Realty. Ala currently holds the GRI (Graduate of Real Estate Institute) and REOS (Foreclosure Specialist) designations. She consistently ranks among the top agents in the state and region. Ala has expanded her knowledge in Real Estate to include Residential, Commercial, and Multi-Family experience. She is a strong supporter of the local community and many of its non-profit organizations. Her past and present services include board positions for Junior League of Anderson County, Anderson Area YMCA, United Way’s Women United Group, and Anderson Interfaith Ministries. She is also a member of the “To Beautify Anderson” Group (a division of Foothills Community Foundation), an AnMed Health System Ambassador, a frequent guest speaker at events organized by Anderson Chamber of Commerce and Anderson Independent Mail, and a contributor of published editorials within Anderson Independent Mail and the Anderson Magazine. Ala’s Website can be found here.


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