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Eva Goldstein-Meola

Eva Goldstein-Meola

Eva Lynn Goldstein-Meola, M.Ed., founder and director of Open Tent Academy, teacher, keynote speaker, workshop speaker, private tutor as well as former homeschooling mother, has been in education for over thirty years. Eva holds her Bachelor’s Degree from University of Massachusetts at Westfield in Elementary Education 1 – 6 with a concentration in Reading, and her Master’s Degree from American International College with a concentration in Consulting Teacher in Writing and Reading K – 12. In addition, Eva trained with Andrew Pudewa and holds IEW Certified Teacher Certification.

Her teaching career began as a classroom teacher (grades 3, 4, and 6) and continued as a school wide reading specialist (grades 1 – 6). Along her journey in public education, she spoke at numerous Reading Conferences, such as the New England Reading Association and the Massachusetts Reading Association. Within her school, she established a Literacy Night as well as a Writer’s Overnight Retreat.

Over the past seventeen years, Eva has offered IEW writing classes, via both online classrooms with students spanning the world, as well as “face-to-face” sessions in Northern Virginia. Eva has been blessed to work with hundreds of students annually. In addition to teaching writing classes, she private tutors students to prepare them for the TJHSST Writing Exam, SAT, and ACT Writing portions and helps prepare students with their college essays.

Finally, Eva has spoken at several homeschooling conferences, SEARCH, ENOCH, MACHE and CHAP, on various topics dealing with the subject of writing.

With all this said, Eva’s biggest “accomplishment” was the opportunity to homeschool her own daughter, Shayna, who is currently working on her PhD with a full fellowship in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She fondly remembers the days of homeschooling. They were AMAZING.

For pleasure, Eva and her husband, Jonathan, love traveling internationally, relaxing on the beach, going to museums, attending the theater, playing Settlers of Catan and of course, reading a great book.

Eva passionately feels that all children can be given the tools they need to be successful readers and writers. To her, readers and writers aren’t born; they develop over time.



Reviews of Eva’s Courses:

Unsung Heroes

5.0 rating

My daughter loved learning about “unsung heroes” of the Civil Rights Movement: individuals who deserve recognition, but receive little in the history books. Ms. Eva ties in historical background information extremely well to the book to help understand the bigger picture to further appreciate Claudette Colvin’s courage.

J.H., Virginia

Meaningful & Relevant

5.0 rating

Great course content. Thought provoking and relevant material added to assignments. Taught by someone who has the unique ability to add a personal touch in a virtual environment.

Kimberly

A class ALL highschoolers should take!

5.0 rating

Wonderful subject and material that provided very insightful and relevant writing assignments. This class is one that ALL students should take to better prepare them for establishing great relationships. The assignments provided great conversations with our son and we are using the topics and tools daily. Thanks Eva for such an important class!

Christie

More than just virtual field trips!

5.0 rating

This was my son’s favorite class! He learned a great deal about various countries, as well as important historical events. Each class was very interactive and sparked my son’s curiosity to learn more. The activities helped solidify a deeper meaning and understanding of what was taught. My son greatly appreciated the freedom to complete projects with his own creative spin. Favorite topics included Ann Frank, Ellis Island, Pompeii, and Shakespeare. Eva is a wonderful teacher who really knows how to engage her students in each class. Thank you for offering such an informative, fun, and meaningful learning experience!

NP, Alberta, Canada

More than maps!

5.0 rating

Eva cemented geography by teaching about the landscape and culture of the different countries.

PB, Wisconsin

Eva knows how to challenge students while still making learning fun!

5.0 rating

My daughter had taken every class that Eva has offered at her grade level for the past three years. I was skeptical at first because she had taken supplemental online classes while still attending public school and they felt very fluffy – a fun way to spend an hour or two a week, but not a lot of substance. Eva understands each individual child and what they are capable of and she challenges at them as such. My daughter thoroughly enjoys her classes despite the fact that she doesn’t think “technical” writing is fun. Eva has challenged her to write at a very high level without breaking her confidence.

B.C., Kentucky

Incredibly fun and engaging

5.0 rating

My daughter had actually been to more than half of the sites visited in this class and still learned a TON of new info while getting to be creative and meet new friends! As her first class with Open Tent this was an incredibly positive experience for my daughter and has her asking to learn more from Miss Eva!

Kaleena Amuchastegui

Engaging and interactive tour of some less well known destinations

5.0 rating

My student thoroughly enjoyed the virtual field trips. Along some perennial favorites such as Ellis Island, there are also destinations that one might not usually think of, such as Pompeii and Chichen Itza. Homework was engaging and manageable. A great addition to this pandemic fall semester!

AK, Virginia

Making Connections

5.0 rating

Perspectives was a engaged my daughter in a way I would never have been able to do on my own. Combining engaging short stories, discussion and reflective writing assignments, Eva was able to make the learning more meaningful and long-lasting. I highly recommend this class.

Nicole Barker

Energy & Effectiveness rolled into one!

5.0 rating

My kids recently completed a literature class with Eva Goldstein-Meola, To Hope and Back, and they loved it! Eva brings energy and passion to her classroom. She is incredibly positive and is able to get the kids to open up and share. My kids love her as a teacher (they have had her for other classes and routinely ask to take her classes again). We just signed up for her winter literature class and I am sure they will enjoy it as much!

J.B., Gainesville, Virginia

Amazing instructor! She knows her stuff!

5.0 rating

I enrolled my eighth-grade son in Middle School Writing at the last minute this past year. Anyone who has had to deal with 12-13-14 year-old boys know how each and every subject can become a power struggle! With my fourth son, writing was “our” struggle. At this point, I knew I needed help!
Eva’s classes and the ability to watch them over or on your own time have been helpful. I left my son to his own devices with this class because I was done arguing, nagging and cajoling. He was surprised and shocked when his papers did not meet up with Mrs. Goldstein-Meola’s approval. Secretly, I have been secretly cheering her because she was not allowing my son off the hook. It’s been a long year but he’s finally getting it. He is following instructions, checking and proofreading his own work and the improvement is amazing. REALLY. AMAZING.
As a parent I love the way this class is structured. I know what is going on and can be as involved or uninvolved (in my case) as I like. The student is given all the information, instructions and examples he needs to do a good job if he chooses. Personally, my son took most of the year to see the light and I have been sitting on my hands and biting my tongue. But . . . he’s finally got it! He has rewritten many of the assignments multiple times until he finally got it right. And, at last, things clicked – follow the directions the first time and poof! No rewrites. Mrs. Goldstein-Meola never waivers in her expectations of excellence. She gives clear instructions and it’s up to the student to follow through. For my son, this class has been a terrific lead-in to high school (and above) level work.
I enrolled my eighth-grade son in Middle School Writing at the last minute this past year. Anyone who has had to deal with 12-13-14 year-old boys know how each and every subject can become a power struggle! With my fourth son, writing was “our” struggle. At this point, I knew I needed help!
Eva’s classes and the ability to watch them over or on your own time have been helpful. I left my son to his own devices with this class because I was done arguing, nagging and cajoling. He was surprised and shocked when his papers did not meet up with Mrs. Goldstein-Meola’s approval. Secretly, I have been secretly cheering her because she was not allowing my son off the hook. It’s been a long year but he’s finally getting it. He is following instructions, checking and proofreading his own work and the improvement is amazing. REALLY. AMAZING.
As a parent I love the way this class is structured. I know what is going on and can be as involved or uninvolved (in my case) as I like. The student is given all the information, instructions and examples he needs to do a good job if he chooses. Personally, my son took most of the year to see the light and I have been sitting on my hands and biting my tongue. But . . . he’s finally got it! He has rewritten many of the assignments multiple times until he finally got it right. And, at last, things clicked – follow the directions the first time and poof! No rewrites. Mrs. Goldstein-Meola never waivers in her expectations of excellence. She gives clear instructions and it’s up to the student to follow through. For my son, this class has been a terrific lead-in to high school (and above) level work.

A. S., Georgia

Fantastic Teacher – Take ALL her classes!

5.0 rating

Eva is a fantastic teacher. My daughter, J, has now been taking Eva Goldstein-Meola’s writing classes for 3 years with her. We started because I couldn’t find a writing curriculum that worked for her. With Eva’s online class and specific, step-by-step instructions, that are very clearly written, Julie’s writing has taken off to a level that impresses us.
This year we decided to add a literature class, To Hope and Back, also taught by Eva. At first Julie wasn’t very excited to start, but it has easily become her favorite class of the year. She actually saves the assignments for last saying she’s saving the best subject for last. I think the small size of the class and live classroom discussions encourage Julie to be more involved and feel like her voice is important.
As a by-product, the writing assignments for literature have now turned into a tiny competition with herself to include as many styles as possible that she has learned in her Middle School Writing class. Eva is extremely easy to work with, extremely understanding and extremely fair. She’s quick with any communication, and just an all-round friendly person. I think her ability to understand the level each child is at and how to encourage them in a gentle manner to excel makes her an outstanding teacher.

L.F.S., Virginia

My daughter loved this class.

5.0 rating

My daughter just completed her first class: To Hope and Back, The Story of the U.S.S. St. Louis. She loved it!!!
Eva was an incredible teacher. Fun and informative. The amount of homework was not overwhelming.
My daughter loved this class so much that I never had to remind her. She was always sitting at her desk 15 minutes before start time. We have just signed up for another close with Open Tent. I highly recommend!

K.S., Vermont

One of our favorites!

5.0 rating

We are thrilled to have placed so many courses in the hands of OTA’s professionals.
We’ve been homeschooling for eight years and outsource the majority of our classes, so we know a thing or two about live online classes!
Some of our favorites were…. To Hope and Back, I am Malala, Adulting 101, Strong Males, You Can’t Stop Them, IEW Writing, Biology and High School Geography.
The flow of information was timely and thorough. When questions arose, we always received a prompt and comprehensive response. In terms of technology, Canvas worked very well; we had no issues or problems accessing Canvas or signing into the live classes. Course content was appropriate and on-grade for each class. Teachers were professional and engaging with a clear desire to share their passions. Without hesitation, I recommend OTA to other homeschool families.

P.K, Connecticut

A Great Teacher!

5.0 rating

“During the process, they might not like me; however, I know when they arrive in college they will thank me.” (Eva Goldstein-Meola)
This is one thing that makes you a good teacher and the reason that I will ALWAYS enroll my upper elementary/middle/high school students in a writing class taught by someone else!
Students need someone that is hard on them that is not also tucking them in at night! I appreciate your rigorous grading and emphasis on learning and progress. I keep telling my boys… if you were getting 100%, I would need to sign you up for the class. Thank you for pouring your heart and soul into every lesson, Eva.

A.S. – Maryland

Organized and worth every penny!

5.0 rating

My son was a very reluctant writer when he started taking classes with Ms. Eva, the founder of Open Tent Academy. Fast-forward three years and I have a teenager who writes willingly and thoughtfully. He found the IEW Writing classes that he took through Open Tent to be very well organized. He benefitted from the class structure, as well as the use of the online learning management system. It was easy to find everything that he needed for his assignments, and he liked that he could go back and re-watch his class if he missed it or if he had questions. I highly recommend Ms. Eva and the Open Tent Academy for online classes.

K.B., Virginia

A perfect fit!

5.0 rating

Ms. Eva was recommended to me when I was looking for an outside writing instructor for my kids after struggling with doing it myself. Her leveled IEW classes were a perfect fit for both of my children at the time.
The classes met my kids where they were in their educational journey. The skills that she taught them go far beyond just writing. She taught them how to read critically and extrapolate the important points of a passage.
After my son returned to public school, he had a fellow student in his science class ask how he was able to so easily prepare a one page outline of a passage in the textbook they were reading – it was the skills he learned with Ms. Eva and IEW that equipped him. I recommend Open Tent Academy to anyone looking for online solutions for homeschooling!

N.S., Virginia

Truly thankful!

5.0 rating

Middle School Writing has been a blessing along with the previous writing courses our children have taken! Each class, Intro to IEW, Powerful Paragraphs, Perspectives, and now Middle School Writing are all a step-by-step process to help kids learn Language Arts through writing.

I need to admit, at first, I was skeptic!

My son (now in his 8th Grade year) was lost after trying another IEW class in the 5th grade; however, after speaking to Eva Goldstein-Meola at length, I tried to give it one more try!

Mrs. Eva has worked with both of our kids for the past three years and I am AMAZED at how they have developed their writing skills.

Additionally, I’m truly thankful, as their writing skills has overflowed into every course and email they write.

Although, sometimes time consuming, but if you follow her plan (30 min a day), and stick to the program…your kids too will become an amazing writers.

S.T., Florida

A blessing to our family!

5.0 rating

Open Tent Academy has been such a blessing to my family!
My 9th grader enrolled in a year-long Writing course, All About Essays, this year with Ms. Eva and has thoroughly enjoyed the class. His writing has improved ten-fold! We couldn’t be more pleased.
This spring, his sisters have joined him, taking Starting IEW From the Very Beginning and Profiles of History. Both girls love their classes and look forward to each week.
All three of my children have learned so much!
Thank you, OTA!

G.A., California

A bright light for your students!

5.0 rating

G loves having you as a teacher and loves your classes. A few weeks ago, we were reflecting on our altered life since the pandemic began. G volunteered that, during this difficult time, your classes have been a positive addition to her life.
Thank you for being a bright light for your students!

CK, Virginia

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