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Steve Hughes

Steve teaches the Evidence based Reading & Writing Section of the SAT and the Reading & English Sections of the ACT.

Bio coming soon.

Dan Alexander

Dan Teaches the Math sections of the SAT & ACT as well as SAT Subject Tests Math Level 1 & 2 and Physics.

Grad Prep: GRE & GMAT.

​AP Exams: Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Physics 1: Algebra Based, Physics 2: Algebra Based, Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, Physics C: Mechanics.

EDUCATION Master of Science (M.Sc.), Physics Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, expected May 2018 Thesis Advisor: Dr. Ethan Brown
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), Physics Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, expected May 2018 Major and Research Advisor: Dr. Ethan Brown

Undergraduate Research Assistant November 2014 - Present. Department of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY • Collaboration Member, XENON1T Dark Matter Experiment • Led development of lab infrastructure, including the complete design and construction of a Xe gas distribution system, as well as the characterization and implementation of variou sensors and instruments to interact with this system. • Researched decay of the metastable isomer 83mKr, and its use in the calibration of liquid noble detectors; applied this research to data analysis for XENON1T.
Nulcear Physics/Engineering Intern May 2015 - August 2015 Rhode Island Nuclear Science Center, Narragansett, RI • Obtained radiation safety certification, and applied skills to various operations around the nuclear reactor facility, including health physics, reactor operation, and instrument repair • Revitalized a nuetron time-of-flight experiment for use with the University of Rhode Island Physics Department, which used the reactor as a neutron source, and allowed the flight time and energy distribution of incident neutrons to be investigated.
Teaching Assistant, Physics I January 2015 - May 2015 Department of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY • Graded student homework and exams • Facilitated lab activities with relevant physics demonstrations and assisted students with exam reviews.

Sam Mannikarottu 

Sam teaches SAT & ACT Math.

Bio coming soon.

Carrie Kagan

Carrie teaches the Evidence Based Reading & Writing section of the SAT and the English & Reading Sections of the ACT.

Carrie also works with students on College Entrance Essay Construction.

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."


Bachelor of Arts, English Secondary Education, University of Delaware


State of Delaware Secondary Teaching Certificate

Don Finelli, Consultant / Administrator

  • Don is Abelson Test Prep's Consultant / Administrator.
  • In this role Don is responsible for emergent business and site support to the Director / Owner and the staff.
  • When he is not working for Abelson Test Prep you can catch Don in the Fast Lane.
  • Credentials:
  • Trainer
  • Independent consultant June 2015 – Present 
  • Filling the training needs of clients.

Customer Service Tech

Best Cleaners
June 2011 – June 2015 (4 years 1 month) Glenville, NY
Customer service in a store for receiving and distributing clothing and other items.
Deputy Director
June 2009 – November 2009 (6 months)
Administer of a State wide non-for profit with national affiliation  Coordinate services and support for 22 offices throughout the state.
Committee on Special Education Chairperson
Amsterdam City School District
September 2005 – May 2007 (1 year 9 months)
Direct monitoring of teachers and programs.
Conducted CSE meeting and developed annual programs for 900 students.
Staff Development
Director Of Special Education
New Paltz Central School District
2004 – 2005 (1 year)
Leave coverage for one year.
Developed and monitored the special education program for the districts population.
Conducted annual reviews for all the CSE, CPSE and 504 students 1000+
Supervised staff
Staff training
High School Principal
Catskill Central School District
January 2000 – January 2002 (2 years 1 month)
Day to day operations
Supervision of staff
Budget development and expenditures
Reports to the School Board
Lead Special Education Administrator
January 1997 – January 2000 (3 years 1 month)
Oversight of 50 classes in 23 sights/operation of three school buildings
****Program development and monitoring
****Researched and purchased all technology for classrooms
SETRC Training Specialist
Questar III
January 1991 – January 1997 (6 years 1 month)
Delivered training to district and BOCES staff
Designed staff development programs for distrists.
Organized and delivered the Cambridge Model of Strategic Planning
Behavioralist, worked with teaching staff and transportation staffs
Developed and trained staff to successfully deal with students with challenging behaviors.
District team building, staff devlopment that enabled groups to work together better.
Resource room teacher
Questar III
September 1976 – September 1991 (15 years 1 month)
for students with emotional disabilities
****Teacher of autistic students high school level
****Vocational high school, provided academic subject matter for special education students within the
vocational classes
Labor Relations Specialist New York State United Teachers
****Field representative for six locals in Sullivan County
****State and federal representative on Charter Schools
****Contract negotiations for all units in the districts
****Familiarity with education law, civil service law and labor law
****Legislative lobbying for education

Meet the Abelson Team

Carrie Ann, Registrar

Bio Coming Soon.

Stevan Abelson

As the Owner / Director 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. 


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     

• SAS / SDA Education Administration, State University of New York at Albany.
• MS Public Administration, Sage College in Albany, NY.
• BS Education, State University of New York at Albany.       
• 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