Our Mission:

“To provide our students with fully hands-on activities that are designed to be fun, educational, stimulating, and challenging.  To ignite imaginations, foster friendship-building and teamwork, encourage creativity, and give our students the opportunity to experience learning in a way that will enrich their lives!”

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Founders

Michelle Oppelt

Smartycat Kids LLC is owned and operated by Michelle Oppelt and Samantha Corveleyn, originally from South Plainfield, NJ.  The company was founded in 2007 by Michelle Oppelt, after she became frustrated with the lack of hands-on science education at her son's preschool.  Michelle decided to take matters into her own hands, and using her educational background in science (majoring in Biological Sciences at Rutgers University), she began creating the curriculum for a series of hands-on science labs geared toward preschool and elementary school aged children.  

Michelle rented a room at a local church and put out an ad to see if other local parents who were struggling with the same frustration could benefit from the weekly enrichment classes.

The Junior Scientists program became an instant hit, and continues to be one of Smartycat Kids' most popular programs to this day.

Samantha Corveleyn

Samantha Corveleyn, graduate of Raritan Valley College,In 2010, and Michelle Oppelt became business partners when they launched The Cupcake Experience LLC, a cupcake catering company.  While running the baking business, the women decided to offer a Little Bakers program, a series of after-school classes that introduce young children to the world of baking and decorating.  The Little Bakers program was another big hit, and in 2012, Samantha and Michelle decided to join forces as co-owners of Smartycat Kids LLC in order to continue launching new enrichment classes that would all follow the same mission as the Junior Scientists and Little Bakers programs - to make learning fun!

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Our Staff

Smartycat Kids LLC is dedicated to providing our students with highly qualified instructors.  Our staff must have college-level experience or professional work experience in the subject they are instructing, have past experience working with children, and complete training with Smartycat Kids  LLC.  Most importantly, they must share in our passion for educational enrichment!  We strive to employ instructors that are energetic, enthusiastic, caring, patient, and good role models and mentors for our students.  Background checks are required of all staff.

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Testimonials

"I would like to express my sincere appreciation for what you and your program have done for my son.  He's so happy to have been apart of this program. He looked forward to every Monday when he could be apart of the amazing group of his peers and professionals that put this program together.  Please extend my appreciation to the professionals that execute the various experiments of the program.  They are so nice an patient with the children, they are very much engaged with them. I'm looking forward to having him and his younger brother in the program again this Spring!"    

– Elizabeth B, Westfield NJ

"My children have been absolutely loving the Smartycat kids science classes they have been attending in Fanwood on Tuesdays.  They truly look forward to it every week!"    

– Abby S, Fanwood NJ

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