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:
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.
Impactful historical literature class for teens
It seems odd thinking of 9/11 as “history” but for those who were born after the fact, there’s a lot they don’t know. My student has learned a lot about history and religion through this class. She says it’s her favorite class since “To Hope and Back!” She’s engaged us with many dinner time conversations regarding what she’s learning, and has asked oodles of questions to spark my memory. My student is a reader, so the history learned is a very valuable aspect of Mrs. Eva’s literature classes for us. However, Eva does such a fantastic job of creating projects that encourage the interest of readers and reluctant readers alike.
Perfect beginning writing class for rising middle schoolers
My student took this course as a 5th grader transferring to homeschool from public school. One of the reasons we chose to begin homeschooling was the lack of push in writing in public school. My daughter loves to write, and will sit and write for hours at home, but no one had ever taught her HOW to write. The basic rubric taught in 1st grade was still being used in 4th grade. Honestly, it was cheesy at best. I knew she was capable of more, we just needed the right program! This was a challenging class, but it was amazing to see her paragraphs evolve so quickly! This class isn’t easy, but it’s doable. At 13, she is now in her third year of writing with Mrs. Eva. This is going be such a benefit to her when she goes to college
Still talking about it a year later!
My daughter took this class as a 6th grader and is still talking about it. You know your kiddo has digested the information when they are still excited about what they learned a year later! This is a great class to teach world events to middle schoolers..
It’s been two years since my daughter took this class, and she’s still talking about it!
This was the first literature class my daughter took through OTA as a fifth grader. She’s still talking about two years later and looking for other classes on WWII! She’s since chosen to read other books (and watched several movies) on WWII and is actually interested in that period of history. Coming from a kid who says history is boring, this is huge! Mrs. Eva does a phenomenal job at getting ALL kids interested in literature and her historical literature classes are a great way to get your student interested in history.
Solid Course on US Geography
The class is well worth it. As a parent, I appreciated the need for my child to be organized and on top of the assignments (state of the unions and maps). Organization and time management was an unexpected lesson! The depth in which the states are covered provides an opportunity for the students to feel connected to the US. My child enjoyed the projects.
Great class and love the book for teens. Had the perfect amount of assignments. My daughter thoroughly enjoyed the class and teacher!!
Fun & Engaging!
M is really enjoying Perspectives this semester. I am happy that she is reading stories she normally wouldn’t choose to read. The activities that you do for each story keeps the class fun and interesting! I think it is a great combination of reading comprehension and writing done in a way that the students don’t realize that is what you are doing. Thanks for approaching this class, and these topics, so creatively 🙂
Great Class with proven strategies
G & M both enjoyed the study skills class but, more importantly, they both learned different strategies to help them as their work loads increase. They are both using their planners already. G is incorporating some of the note and test taking techniques to study for the SAT. I think the class was a great investment and sets them up well for future success in both school and life.
We’ve mentioned it to several of our friends. Thanks for offering the class!
This has been a great place to exercise critical thinking skills. It also encouraged writing but with a purpose – the purpose being to express opinions and defend them with personal experiences and facts from the reading. It was a good class choice for my son who struggles with thinking outside the box and wanting to always give the answer that he believes pleases the educator.
Honor Code was my daughter’s favorite essay.
The Outliers Class is an important class. It gives an opportunity for students to have discussions around specific themes within the Outliers book and then write about their perspectives. The development of students’ literary critical analysis muscle is crucial when preparing them for college. This Outliers class meets that objective.
Wonderful class discussing difficult topics
This was one of the first classes my daughter took with Open Tent Academy, and she enjoys it so much! There are a number of assignments each week, but nothing too overwhelming. She’s allowed to be very creative in her answers and responses to the weekly prompts. The class does a great job of weaving in the history of the region, as well as other extremist groups. So in addition to providing insight just into what Malala and her family faced, this class reinforces our history learning as well.
When I asked my daughter what she likes most about the class, she said she really appreciates how this class gives her a space to express her emotions about the topics covered in the book. She feels very comfortable expressing her frustrations or fears that come from the reading.
Extremely beneficial class to take!
My son took this class and found it extremely beneficial. Eva’s advice on how to study, how to prepare and organize for class, and take notes was invaluable. My son, after being homeschooled since preschool, entered public school as an eighth grader. He has applied what he learned in the class and is doing an outstanding job in school.. He believes that Eva’s class prepared him for the transition. I highly recommend this class. I plan to have my other children take the class.
Excellent resources and Eva is an engaging, passionate teacher.
For the love of stories and history
My daughter has loved her two semesters of American Girls and has such positive things to say about her classes. Through these enchanting stories, she has watched history come alive and this has opened up the door to viewing the historical events around her more closely. Eva’s teaching in the classes adds such enjoyment to the classes. Her cheerful personality makes the classes fun for all. We would highly recommend these for both boys and girls!
“I LOVE Grammar”
We have struggled in grammar and keeping up! But my son loved this class and would say “Not sure how Mrs. Eva makes grammar fun but, she does.!!!”. Excellent class!
It’s more than a grade
Mrs. Meola’s middle school writing has taught my daughter that writing is a process and a journey; it’s not “just a grade”. What one may call “tough”, I call thorough. Mrs. Meola set out clear expectations o what she is looking for in an assignment PLUS gives feedback and tips on how to continue to grow as a writer..
A deeper understanding of the holocaust
If you don’t know how to introduce the horrors of WWII Nazi Germany, this is the class that will help you do that. We have had so many conversations since she has taken this class that expand on the topic.
This class changed my child!
My daughter has wanted to be a medical doctor since she was 4 years old, now she doesn’t. This class changed my daughter, she now wants to be a Astrophysicist. This class so engaged her that her future is changed. Between Eva and her daughter Shana your child will learn so much about the space program.
Oh my gosh!
The history through American Girl classes are the best idea! The American Girl books are very well researched so using them as a source of American history is brilliant. My daughter loves the books so signing her up for these classes was a a no brainer. Eva makes these classes so fun, I don’t know if the kids even realize how much they are learning. These classes aren’t just for girls, when you daughter took the class there were two boys in her class.
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