Meet the Team


Kelly Finn, Ph.D.

Founder & CEO

Kelly was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She earned a Ph. D. Teaching & Learning, M.S. Mathematics, and K-12 Teaching License from The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. Kelly earned a B.S. Business Administration in 1996 from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

“FinnPREP began when a student asked me to prepare her for the ACT test. After the first prep session, I realized I was effective at teaching and motivating her to a score increase. My passion to help others led me to create the FinnPREP Method. Using the strategies and discipline that were successful for me in college, I designed a curriculum which is engaging and effective for teenagers.”


Rita Marie Cabello,  Instructional Coach  Rita was born the daughter of an educator and a factory worker and was raised in Swisher, Iowa. She studied Spanish at the University of Iowa, and graduated from Coe College with a degree in education. For three years, she taught high school English and became fluent in Spanish while living in Mexico. Family is the most important part of her life, so she returned to Iowa to be near her two sons and raise her two nephews.

Currently Rita is an adjunct instructor at Kirkwood Community College teaching English as a Second Language. When she’s not busy watching her nephew play football, basketball, and baseball, she’s working to finish her Master’s thesis in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at the University of Northern Iowa.




Amanda Nichols, Instructional Coach   Amanda grew up in Iowa City, and earned her B.A. in both Spanish and Elementary Education at the University of Iowa. She truly enjoys working with teens on motivation and learning. She spent two years as a cross-country coach before moving to Burlington, Iowa, where she worked as the Director of Youth Ministry, as well as starting a small business.

Amanda recently moved back to the area with her family, and is currently working on her Master’s in School Counseling at the University of Iowa, and looks forward to the opportunity to work with students and help them pursue their passion.