Stevan Abelson

 As the CEO of Abelson Test Prep, I have captured my passion for teaching and learning into a unique instructional style that has been motivating my students for the past quarter of a century.   At Abelson Test Prep we  emphasize understanding, not memorization, as we teach students to learn how to learn.  My staff and I  inspire students' intellectual curiosity with our personalized approach to education. Staff members include certified teachers, administrators and specialists.   I have developed a unique program for students with different learning styles and attention issues. My program, differentiated implementation  incorporates academic coursework into an individual academic plan. Strategies include areas of memory retention, reading, comprehension, phonics, written expression, and math analysis. My educational philosophy is “Treat everyone differently in order to treat them the same."   

To that end,  Abelson Test Prep believes that smaller group interaction with differentiated instruction yields the best results. 

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Curriculum Vitae:

Owner / Director: Abelson Test Prep

Director of Professional Development, Questar III BOCES

  • ​Lead trainer NYSED.  
  • Statewide training in aligning standards to curriculum. 
  • Coordinated the curricula used in the commissioner's monthly broadcast:​ "Tools for Schools."
  • Administrator for Special Education

Professor of Special Education, Graduate Division, The College of Saint Rose.    
Director of Education, Vanderheyden Hall
Public School Teacher, History, Secondary Education, Greenville, NY     

Credentials:
• SAS / SDA Education Admimistration, State University of New York at Albany.
• MS Public Administration, Sage College in Albany, NY.
• BS Education, State University of New York at Albany.       
Certifications:
• School District Administrator : Permanent
• School Administrator Supervisor: Permanent
​• Social Studies/English 7-12: Permanent
• Impartial Hearing Officer: New York State
• Certified Strategic Planner - Cambridge Associates

Carrie Kagan

 Abelson students constantly comment that Mrs. Kagan has helped them to understand the ins and outs of the English language like no other teacher has been able to do.  Her love of teaching inspires her students ability to learn.

Mrs Kagan teaches the Critical Reading and Writing domains of the SAT and the English and Reading domains of the ACT.

"I have been an educator for over 10 years, and my passion for teaching continues to grow.  I enjoy the challenges of mastering the
SAT sections as well as the intricacies of grammar, writing, and critical reading. It is exciting to help students build confidence in these areas and it is rewarding share knowledge that will not only make the SAT seem less daunting, but will also benefit a lifetime of reading and writing."

Credentials:

Bachelor of Arts, English Secondary Education, University of Delaware

Certification:

State of Delaware Secondary Teaching Certificate


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Victorio Reyes

Victorio is a dynamic teacher who enthusiastically relates to his students.  

He teaches the Critical Reading and Writing domains of the SAT, the English and Reading domains of the ACT, and coaches students with their writing of the College Entrance Essay.

When Victorio isn't working for Abelson Test Prep he is running the Social Justice Center, performing music & poetry, and spending time with his family.  

Abelson students use the same two words when describing Victorio: "He's Awesome!"

Victorio's most recent testimonial:

"I wanted to thank you again for all of your awesome help with my essay.  My mom and I really appreciated all of your feedback, especially since I was recently accepted to Fordham!"  -Kelly from Delmar, NY

Mark Tilgner

  • Mark teaches the SAT II Biology E/M and AP Biology.  

Education:

State University of New York at Albany, MS Biology in progress.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, BS Biology

Mark has an extensive background in scientific research with several publications.

PJ Manzo

PJ is an extraordinary teacher who can inspire anyone to learn math!  His love of mathematics and teaching is evident when he is working with his students.

PJ is also a high school math teacher at Albany High School and a graduate of SUNY New Paltz.  PJ teaches the math domains of both the SAT and ACT.  He also teaches the math sections of the GRE and GMAT.

His students always leave his sessions with a greater understanding of how to solve math problems not only on the test but everyday in school.

Barbara Davis - Dickman

Barbara teaches the SAT Writing Domain and the ACT English Domain. 

Education:

State University of NY at Plattsburgh, MS Education, Curriculum and Instruction

State University of NY at Oneonta, BS Speech and Theater Education

​Certification: English 7-12

Experience:

Barbara has an extensive background training scorers of standardized tests.

Barbara has also taught English at Troy and Ballston Spa High Schools.

Jennifer Blanchard

  • Jennifer is Abelson Test Prep's registrar.  
  • In this role she greets you with a welcome letter when you register for one of our programs,

schedules your lessons, coordinates and proctors practice tests, and is basically the Wizard of OZ behind the scenes.

  • When she is not working for Abelson Test Prep, she enjoys reading and spending time with her son.
  • Jennifer is working toward an AAS in Medical Assisting.

Steve Callanan

  • Certified teacher of English, NYS
  • Curriculum Developer with focus on writing and coordinated writing and reading.
  • Collaborative, Knowledgeable and Flexible.
  • Wide ranging knowledge of literature and history and enjoys motivating students.
  • Dedicated to teaching and working in independent and public school settings with individualized attention.

Kamyar Pashayi

  • University Professor with a Ph.D in mechanical engineering.  
  • Abelson Test Prep specialist since 2013.
  • Outstanding educator and motivator!
  • Kamyar's teaching and love of mathematics has made him a requested member from our students.
  • He makes the difficult math problems easy through his strategic approach to understanding the problem.