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Jonathan’s Story


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.



Jonathan’s Upcoming Courses and Workshops:

Class TermDay(s) of WeekClass Name and DescriptionGrade RangeInstructor NameClass Start Date and Time (ET-US)Class End Date and Time (ET-US)Tuition (USD)hf:tax:tribe_events_cathf:tax:term_semesterhf:tax:class_dayshf:tax:class_timeshf:tax:grade_range
Full Year 2023 - 2024TuesdayUnited States History for High School Students – Preparation for APUSH (or Honors Option) – Tuesday – 30 Weeks – Grades 9-129th - 12thJonathan Meola2023-09-12 11:00:002024-06-18 12:30:00800.00Register Now2023-2024-classes ap-honors-courses electives full-year-2023-2024-classes-30-weeks ncaa-approved-courses social-studies-history-geographyfull-year-2023-2024-30-weekstuesday1100am-1230pm-et9th-12th
Full Year 2023 - 2024TuesdayWorld History (Honors and AP options) – Tuesday – Full Year – 30 Weeks – Grades 9 – 129th - 12thJonathan Meola2023-09-12 13:00:002024-06-18 14:30:00800.00Register Now2023-2024-classes ap-honors-courses full-year-2023-2024-classes-30-weeks ncaa-approved-courses social-studies-history-geographyfull-year-2023-2024-30-weekstuesday100pm-230pm-et9th-12th
Full Year 2023 - 2024WednesdayPre-Algebra – Wednesday – Full Year – 30 Weeks – Grades 6-106th - 10thJonathan Meola2023-09-13 09:00:002024-06-19 10:30:00600.00Register Now2023-2024-classes full-year-2023-2024-classes-30-weeks mathematicsfull-year-2023-2024-30-weekswednesday0900am-1030am-et6th-10th
Full Year 2023 - 2024WednesdayUnited States History for Middle School Students – Full Year – 30 Weeks – Grades 6 – 86th - 8thJonathan Meola2023-09-13 11:00:002024-06-26 12:30:00600.00Register Now2023-2024-classes full-year-2023-2024-classes-30-weeks social-studies-history-geographyfull-year-2023-2024-30-weekswednesday1100am-1230pm-et6th-8th
Fall 2023WednesdayUnited States History for Middle School Students: From Prehistoric Times to the Jacksonian Democracy – Fall 2023 – 10 Weeks – Grades 6 – 86th - 8thJonathan Meola2023-09-13 11:00:002023-12-13 12:30:00250Register Now2023-2024-classes fall-2023-classes social-studies-history-geographywednesday1100am-1230pm-et6th-8th
Full Year 2023 - 2024WednesdayThink like an Economist: Introduction to Economic Theory – Wednesday – Fall 2023 and Winter 2024 – 20 Weeks – Grades 9 – 129th - 12thJonathan Meola2023-09-13 13:00:002024-03-20 14:30:00400.00Register Now2023-2024-classes business-skills fall-2023-winter-2024-classes ncaa-approved-courses social-studies-history-geographyfall-2023-and-winter-2024-2 full-year-2023-2024-30-weekswednesday100pm-230pm-et9th-12th
Full Year 2023 - 2024WednesdayAncient World: Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome – Full Year – 30 Weeks – Wednesday – Grades 5 – 75th - 7thJonathan Meola2023-09-13 15:00:002024-06-12 16:30:00600.00Register Now2023-2024-classes full-year-2023-2024-classes-30-weeks social-studies-history-geographyfull-year-2023-2024-30-weeks5th-7th
Fall 2023WednesdayAncient World: Egypt – Fall 2023 – 10 Weeks – Wednesday – Grades 5 – 75th - 7thJonathan Meola2023-09-13 15:00:002023-12-13 16:30:00250Register Now2023-2024-classes fall-2023-classes social-studies-history-geographyfall-2023wednesday
Fall 2023ThursdayPreparing for Pre-Algebra: Mastering Fractions – Fall 2023 – 10 Weeks – Grades 5 – 75th - 7thJonathan Meola2023-09-14 09:00:002023-12-14 10:30:00250.00Register Now2023-2024-classes fall-2023-classes mathematicsfall-2023thursday0900am-1030am-et
Full Year 2023 - 2024ThursdayPreparing for Pre-Algebra: Mastering Fractions, Decimals and Percents – Full Year – 30 Weeks – Grades 5 – 75th - 7thJonathan Meola2023-09-14 09:00:002024-06-20 10:30:00600.00Register Now2023-2024-classes full-year-2023-2024-classes-30-weeks mathematicsfull-year-2023-2024-30-weeksthursday0900am-1030am-et5th-7th
Fall 2023 and Winter 2024ThursdayAmerican 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 8-128th - 12thJonathan Meola2023-09-14 11:00:002024-03-14 12:30:00400.00Register Now2023-2024-classes fall-2023-winter-2024-classes ncaa-approved-courses social-studies-history-geographyfall-2023-and-winter-2024-2thursday1100am-1230pm-et8th-12th
Fall 2023 and Winter 2024ThursdayAstronomy 101 – Thursday – Fall 2023 and Winter 2024 – 20 Weeks -Grades 8-128th - 12thJonathan Meola2023-09-14 13:00:002024-03-21 14:30:00400.00Register Now2023-2024-classes electives fall-2023-winter-2024-classes ncaa-approved-courses science-engineeringfall-2023-and-winter-2024-2thursday100pm-230pm-et8th-12th
Winter 2024WednesdayUnited States History for Middle School Students: From the Panic of 1837 to the Progressive Era – Winter 2024 – 10 Weeks – Grades 6 – 86th - 8thJonathan Meola2024-01-10 11:00:002024-03-20 12:30:00250Register Now2023-2024-classes social-studies-history-geography winter-2024-classeswinter-2024wednesday1100am-1230pm-et6th-8th
Winter 2024WednesdayAncient World: Greece – Winter 2024 – 10 Weeks – Wednesday – Grades 5 – 75th - 7thJonathan Meola2024-01-10 15:00:002024-03-27 16:30:00250.00Register Now2023-2024-classes social-studies-history-geography winter-2024-classeswinter-2024wednesday5th-7th
Winter 2024ThursdayPreparing for Pre-Algebra: Mastering Decimals – Winter 2024 – 10 Weeks – Grades 5 – 75th - 7thJonathan Meola2024-01-11 09:00:002024-03-21 10:30:00250.00Register Now2023-2024-classes mathematics winter-2024-classeswinter-2024thursday0900am-1030am-et5th-7th
Spring 2024WednesdayUnited States History for Middle School Students: From Woodrow Wilson to Present Day – Spring 2024 – 10 Weeks – Grades 6 – 86th - 8thJonathan Meola2024-03-27 11:00:002024-06-26 12:30:00250.00Register Now2023-2024-classes social-studies-history-geography spring-2024-classesspring-2024wednesday1100am-1230pm-et6th-8th
Spring 2024WednesdayAncient World: Rome – Spring 2024 – 10 Weeks – Wednesday – Grades 5 – 75th - 7thJonathan Meola2024-03-27 15:00:002024-06-26 16:30:00250.00Register Now2023-2024-classes social-studies-history-geography spring-2024-classesspring-2024wednesday5th-7th
Spring 2024ThursdayPreparing for Pre-Algebra: Mastering Percents – Spring 2024 – 10 Weeks – Grades 5 – 75th - 7thJonathan Meola2024-03-28 09:00:002024-06-20 10:30:00250Register Now2023-2024-classes mathematics spring-2024-classesspring-2024thursday0900am-1030am-et5th-7th

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