Mission Statement

Our mission at Smart Test is to expand and enrich the lives of all children, by customizing safe, supportive, and well-structured after-school opportunities that will support overall health, well-being, and academic growth. Smart Test, Inc. offers high quality educational, recreational, and cultural programs that will help nurture the social, emotional, intellectual and physical development of our children. By encouraging students to express themselves, we help each of them explore his or her physical, mental, and cultural attributes, thus building respect for the diversity within our city. In addition, our organization strives to educate and involve parents in order to create a stronger bond between home and school.

At Smart Test we believe every child has a desire to learn, but may need different methods to process information. Our hands-on activities allow for academic subjects to be taught and applied in fun and interesting ways outside of the school day, and reinforce that literacy, math, and science are immersed in our day to day lives. We are committed to the process of building strong community members, and work to extend our commitment to even more children.

We at Smart Test Inc. believe low-stressed, after-school programs can motivate students to achieve success, improving their classroom performance and their desire to learn. Our experience demonstrates that fun and exciting after-school programs can complement an academic curriculum, and enable children to believe they can be successful in the classroom as well.

Because Smart Test Inc., dedicates its efforts towards ensuring top-rated, educational services tailored for children with various needs, evaluation of our programs is on-going so that we can accommodate for individual strengths, and interests. Instructional and environmental modifications may be made on a regular basis to guarantee that each student reaches his or her optimum achievement and enjoyment level.

Board of Directors

Ming Shen: Executive Director
Founder of Smart Test, Inc. She has been a teacher for more than 24 years, with 7 years in Adult Education and 17 years working with Providence children. She is very proud to develop the programs that are very popular with the youths and are endorsed by Providence After School Alliances. She was born, raised, and educated in China before she came to Rhode Island College for her master’s degree in 1989.
Email: m.shen@smarttestus.org

Paula Marandola: Educational Director
Paula is an educator with degrees in Early Childhood, Elementary, Special Education, and has taught in Providence for 36 years. She has extensive experience in teaching both regular and special needs students and has taught children with all types of disabilities. In addition, Paula has been a dancer all her life, and has shared her love of dance and music with children all types of ages. Through grants, volunteer, and professional work, Paula has designed and implemented after school dance and performance programs, summer dance camps, and in-school movement classes for regular and special needs students.
Email: p.marandola@smarttestus.org

Richard Purnell: Secretary
Richard conducted research and taught educational/developmental/social psychology courses at various universities for over 40 years. Prior to that he briefly served as a 7th and 8th grade math teacher in Texas. He continues to teach math as a volunteer at the fifth grade level and has recently (2012) received a certificate from the Family Leadership Development Institute of the Rhode Island Parent Information Network. He has also served as an officer in the PTO for three years in his son’s elementary school.

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