Meet Jonathan Meola, A.B.
- Co-Founder, Director, and Instructor at Open Tent Academy
- Dual Bachelor’s Degrees from the University of Miami
- Certified TESOL (Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages)
- Private Tutor in Writing, Social Studies, and other subjects
- Former Technology Architect and Senior Consultant
- Multiple Software, IT, and Related Industry Certifications
Jonathan Meola is a co-founder of Open Tent Academy, as well as being its director and one of its instructors. Jonathan grew up in Hopatcong, NJ & North Miami Beach, FL. He graduated from the University of Miami with a dual A.B. in English and Judaic Studies, along with a minor in Politics and Public Affairs.
Jonathan’s interest in education dates back to his involvement (as both a peer group leader and professional staff) with Young Judaea in the SE USA, FL, & PR. He also worked as a full-time staff member for several summers at their flagship camp in Hendersonville, North Carolina – Camp Judaea.
Jonathan also taught software applications classes for urban at-risk youth while working post-graduation at “The U”. From there, he then went into what eventually became a long career in the telecommunications and software industry as a technology architect and business process consultant.
Jonathan’s first experience with homeschooling involved his own children, and was inspired by reading John Taylor Gatto’s Dumbing Us Down. The experience of home-based education stayed with them, even after they eventually returned to full-time classroom education.
In 2017, Jonathan felt it was time to change careers. He decided to fulfill his life-long dream of teaching middle and high school students. Although Jonathan was involved in the fields of non-traditional and continuing education since the beginning of his career, he has now taken his in-depth knowledge about history, philosophy, science, film, and writing and is bringing it to his students at Open Tent Academy, focusing on children in grades 5 – 12.
After spending five years living in Israel, Jonathan and Eva are once again back in South Florida. Between Jonathan & Eva, they have three children, all of whom were homeschooled at various points in their educational journeys. In his spare time, he loves traveling, reading (especially histories and biographies), photography, college football (Go Canes!), and film.
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|Class Term||Day(s) of Week||Class Name and Description||Grade Range||Instructor Name||Class Start Date and Time (ET-US)||Class End Date and Time (ET-US)||Tuition (USD)||hf:tax:tribe_events_cat||hf:tax:term_semester||hf:tax:class_days||hf:tax:class_times||hf:tax:grade_range|
|Full Year 2023 - 2024||Tuesday||United States History for High School Students – Preparation for APUSH (or Honors Option) – Tuesday – 30 Weeks – Grades 9-12||9th - 12th||Jonathan Meola||2023-09-12 11:00:00||2024-06-18 12:30:00||800.00||Register Now||2023-2024-classes ap-honors-courses electives full-year-2023-2024-classes-30-weeks ncaa-approved-courses social-studies-history-geography||full-year-2023-2024-30-weeks||tuesday||1100am-1230pm-et||9th-12th|
|Full Year 2023 - 2024||Tuesday||World History (Honors and AP options) – Tuesday – Full Year – 30 Weeks – Grades 9 – 12||9th - 12th||Jonathan Meola||2023-09-12 13:00:00||2024-06-18 14:30:00||800.00||Register Now||2023-2024-classes ap-honors-courses full-year-2023-2024-classes-30-weeks ncaa-approved-courses social-studies-history-geography||full-year-2023-2024-30-weeks||tuesday||100pm-230pm-et||9th-12th|
|Full Year 2023 - 2024||Wednesday||Pre-Algebra – Wednesday – Full Year – 30 Weeks – Grades 6-10||6th - 10th||Jonathan Meola||2023-09-13 09:00:00||2024-06-19 10:30:00||600.00||Register Now||2023-2024-classes full-year-2023-2024-classes-30-weeks mathematics||full-year-2023-2024-30-weeks||wednesday||0900am-1030am-et||6th-10th|
|Full Year 2023 - 2024||Wednesday||United States History for Middle School Students – Full Year – 30 Weeks – Grades 6 – 8||6th - 8th||Jonathan Meola||2023-09-13 11:00:00||2024-06-26 12:30:00||600.00||Register Now||2023-2024-classes full-year-2023-2024-classes-30-weeks social-studies-history-geography||full-year-2023-2024-30-weeks||wednesday||1100am-1230pm-et||6th-8th|
|Fall 2023||Wednesday||United States History for Middle School Students: From Prehistoric Times to the Jacksonian Democracy – Fall 2023 – 10 Weeks – Grades 6 – 8||6th - 8th||Jonathan Meola||2023-09-13 11:00:00||2023-12-13 12:30:00||250||Register Now||2023-2024-classes fall-2023-classes social-studies-history-geography||wednesday||1100am-1230pm-et||6th-8th|
|Full Year 2023 - 2024||Wednesday||Think like an Economist: Introduction to Economic Theory – Wednesday – Fall 2023 and Winter 2024 – 20 Weeks – Grades 9 – 12||9th - 12th||Jonathan Meola||2023-09-13 13:00:00||2024-03-20 14:30:00||400.00||Register Now||2023-2024-classes business-skills fall-2023-winter-2024-classes ncaa-approved-courses social-studies-history-geography||fall-2023-and-winter-2024-2 full-year-2023-2024-30-weeks||wednesday||100pm-230pm-et||9th-12th|
|Full Year 2023 - 2024||Wednesday||Ancient World: Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome – Full Year – 30 Weeks – Wednesday – Grades 5 – 7||5th - 7th||Jonathan Meola||2023-09-13 15:00:00||2024-06-12 16:30:00||600.00||Register Now||2023-2024-classes full-year-2023-2024-classes-30-weeks social-studies-history-geography||full-year-2023-2024-30-weeks||5th-7th|
|Fall 2023||Wednesday||Ancient World: Egypt – Fall 2023 – 10 Weeks – Wednesday – Grades 5 – 7||5th - 7th||Jonathan Meola||2023-09-13 15:00:00||2023-12-13 16:30:00||250||Register Now||2023-2024-classes fall-2023-classes social-studies-history-geography||fall-2023||wednesday|
|Fall 2023||Thursday||Preparing for Pre-Algebra: Mastering Fractions – Fall 2023 – 10 Weeks – Grades 5 – 7||5th - 7th||Jonathan Meola||2023-09-14 09:00:00||2023-12-14 10:30:00||250.00||Register Now||2023-2024-classes fall-2023-classes mathematics||fall-2023||thursday||0900am-1030am-et|
|Full Year 2023 - 2024||Thursday||Preparing for Pre-Algebra: Mastering Fractions, Decimals and Percents – Full Year – 30 Weeks – Grades 5 – 7||5th - 7th||Jonathan Meola||2023-09-14 09:00:00||2024-06-20 10:30:00||600.00||Register Now||2023-2024-classes full-year-2023-2024-classes-30-weeks mathematics||full-year-2023-2024-30-weeks||thursday||0900am-1030am-et||5th-7th|
|Fall 2023 and Winter 2024||Thursday||American Government 101: From the Continental Congress to the Iowa Caucus, Everything You Need to Know About United States Politics – Thursday – Fall 2023 and Winter 2024 – 20 Weeks -Grades 8-12||8th - 12th||Jonathan Meola||2023-09-14 11:00:00||2024-03-14 12:30:00||400.00||Register Now||2023-2024-classes fall-2023-winter-2024-classes ncaa-approved-courses social-studies-history-geography||fall-2023-and-winter-2024-2||thursday||1100am-1230pm-et||8th-12th|
|Fall 2023 and Winter 2024||Thursday||Astronomy 101 – Thursday – Fall 2023 and Winter 2024 – 20 Weeks -Grades 8-12||8th - 12th||Jonathan Meola||2023-09-14 13:00:00||2024-03-21 14:30:00||400.00||Register Now||2023-2024-classes electives fall-2023-winter-2024-classes ncaa-approved-courses science-engineering||fall-2023-and-winter-2024-2||thursday||100pm-230pm-et||8th-12th|
|Winter 2024||Wednesday||United States History for Middle School Students: From the Panic of 1837 to the Progressive Era – Winter 2024 – 10 Weeks – Grades 6 – 8||6th - 8th||Jonathan Meola||2024-01-10 11:00:00||2024-03-20 12:30:00||250||Register Now||2023-2024-classes social-studies-history-geography winter-2024-classes||winter-2024||wednesday||1100am-1230pm-et||6th-8th|
|Winter 2024||Wednesday||Ancient World: Greece – Winter 2024 – 10 Weeks – Wednesday – Grades 5 – 7||5th - 7th||Jonathan Meola||2024-01-10 15:00:00||2024-03-27 16:30:00||250.00||Register Now||2023-2024-classes social-studies-history-geography winter-2024-classes||winter-2024||wednesday||5th-7th|
|Winter 2024||Thursday||Preparing for Pre-Algebra: Mastering Decimals – Winter 2024 – 10 Weeks – Grades 5 – 7||5th - 7th||Jonathan Meola||2024-01-11 09:00:00||2024-03-21 10:30:00||250.00||Register Now||2023-2024-classes mathematics winter-2024-classes||winter-2024||thursday||0900am-1030am-et||5th-7th|
|Spring 2024||Wednesday||United States History for Middle School Students: From Woodrow Wilson to Present Day – Spring 2024 – 10 Weeks – Grades 6 – 8||6th - 8th||Jonathan Meola||2024-03-27 11:00:00||2024-06-26 12:30:00||250.00||Register Now||2023-2024-classes social-studies-history-geography spring-2024-classes||spring-2024||wednesday||1100am-1230pm-et||6th-8th|
|Spring 2024||Wednesday||Ancient World: Rome – Spring 2024 – 10 Weeks – Wednesday – Grades 5 – 7||5th - 7th||Jonathan Meola||2024-03-27 15:00:00||2024-06-26 16:30:00||250.00||Register Now||2023-2024-classes social-studies-history-geography spring-2024-classes||spring-2024||wednesday||5th-7th|
|Spring 2024||Thursday||Preparing for Pre-Algebra: Mastering Percents – Spring 2024 – 10 Weeks – Grades 5 – 7||5th - 7th||Jonathan Meola||2024-03-28 09:00:00||2024-06-20 10:30:00||250||Register Now||2023-2024-classes mathematics spring-2024-classes||spring-2024||thursday||0900am-1030am-et||5th-7th|