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


Dr. Robert Winkler  "Dr. Bob"

Dr. Bob teaches SAT Math, ACT Science and Math, SAT II Chemistry & Physics and AP Chemistry & Physics.

He also teaches the MCAT Physical Sciences domain, GRE Math domain and GMAT Math domain.

Dr. Bob is a chemical engineer with an extensive background in teaching and test development.

Dr. Bob holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and is a member of the following professional organizations:

  •  The American Chemical Society-Division of Chemical Education 
  • National Science Teachers Association.

College Teaching Experience:

Adirondack Community College:

 Environmental Science (Lecture / Lab)
 General Chemistry I and II (Lecture / Lab)
 Principles of Chemistry (Lecture / Lab)

Hudson Valley Community College:

 Essentials of Chemistry (Lab)
​ General Chemistry I (Lecture / Lab)
 General Chemistry II (Lab)
​ Thermodynamics Elementary Algebra

SKIDMORE COLLEGE
Lecturer – Department of Chemistry
 Fundamentals of Chemistry (Lecture / Lab)
​ Supervised Student Laboratory Assistant and Peer Tutor


COLLEGE OF ST. ROSE:
Adjunct Instructor – Department of Chemistry
 General Chemistry Laboratory

​SIENA COLLEGE:
Adjunct Instructor – Department of Chemistry
 General Chemistry Laboratory
​ Developed procedure for Limiting Reagent experiment

SUNY EMPIRE STATE COLLEGE:
Adjunct Instructor – Center for Distance Learning
 Developed and tutored paper-based course in Materials Science
 Tutored paper-based course in Algebra

HIGH SCHOOL TEACHING EXPERIENCE:
DOANE STUART SCHOOL:

Upper School Science Teacher
 Chemistry, Advanced Chemistry and Physics (Lecture / Lab)
 Served as Faculty Mentor to Upper School Students
 Independent Study Courses in Nuclear Chemistry, Biotechnology and Advanced Physics
 Designed Curricula for Upper School Science courses

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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.

Dr. Llana  Carroll

Dr. Carroll teaches SAT Critical Reading and Writing and ACT English and Reading.

These are just a few of Dr. Carroll's credentials and accomplishments.

EDUCATION
Ph.D.   University of Pittsburgh, English:  Critical and Cultural Studies

COURSES TAUGHT:
COMPOSITION:

Writing and Critical Inquiry, University at Albany
​Writing The Essay, New York University
Seminar in Composition, University of Pittsburgh 

WRITING CENTER:
Consultant, Writing Center, New York University, 2010-2011
WRITING IN THE DISCIPLINES:
​Consultant, Writing in the Disciplines, New York University, 2011-2013
AWARDS:
Chambers Anderson Doctoral Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh 
Voted as among the "Most Important or Influential Teachers,"  University of Pittsburgh's English Department's Annual Survey of Majors.    
Languages:
​French and Spanish 

Dagmar Myslinska

 Dagmar teaches LSAT Prep, SAT Critical Reading and Writing, and ACT English.

Education:        

Columbia University School of Law, J.D.​

Yale University, B.A., cum laude

Professional Teaching Experience:  

Abelson Test Prep - LSAT Specialist / Professor, Saratoga Springs, NY

Charlotte School of Law, Charlotte, NC - Assistant Professor of Law

Temple University Beasley School of Law, Japan Campus, Tokyo, Japan

Columbia University School of Law, New York, NY

​FORDHAM UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW, New York, NY - Adjunct Professor

Lauren McClelland

Lauren teaches SAT and ACT Math.  

Education:

State University of New York at Albany, BS Mathematics  Minor: Planetology

​Lauren has research experience in planetology and geography.

She is also a member of the following organizations:

Association for Women in Mathematics & American Mathematical Society

Planetary Society Member

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.

Will Wood

Will teaches the SAT Critical Reading Domain. 

He is certified in English Secondary Education and works for the East Greenbush School district as a long term substitute teacher.

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.