Our Founders and Staff


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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.

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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!

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.