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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:

Excellent class with clear and detailed guidance

Rated 5 out of 5

I believe my rising 7th grader has greatly benefited from taking the summer Powerful Paragraphs class from Eva. There were precise and detailed instructions on brainstorming, constructing varied and expressive sentences, and usage of transitional phrases, all in the context of the different writing structures they studied each week. The weekly reviews of past lessons and the incremental addition of new stylistic techniques were great reinforcement for the concepts being thoughts. It was also useful to have the numerous sample writings provided for reference with each lesson. Through out the class, they kids had a growing list of “banned” words to encourage them to choose more expressive and nuanced alternatives (started with one or two and grew to maybe ~15). Overall, a great class for my child who is still in the early stages of honing his essay writing skills.

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Adey D.

Unsung Heroes

Rated 5 out of 5

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.

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J.H., Virginia

Perfect Intro to Life Course for my Homeschooler

Rated 5 out of 5

My 9th grader is privileged to have two older siblings who are currently trying their hands at adulting, so he can passivley learn from their success… and failures, but he was ready for more. This is Life was perfect for him! Enough information to engage him where he was and take him to the next level. The course was well-planned and relevant, with a lot of interaction. We are so happy that we took a chance on Open Tent Academy. This first course did not disappoint.

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Becky de Leon

Perfect “intro to life” for my rising high schooler!

Rated 5 out of 5

My 9th grader is privileged to have two older siblings who are currently trying their hands at adulting, so he can passivley learn from their success… and failures, but he was ready for more. This is Life was perfect for him! Enough information to engage him where he was and take him to the next level. The course was well-planned and relevant, with a lot of interaction. We are so happy that we took a chance on Open Tent Academy. This first course did not disappoint.

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Becky de Leon

This class should be mandatory!

Rated 5 out of 5

I signed up my 8th grader to take this class because I wanted him to start thinking of his future. What I didn’t expect is him initiating meaningful discussion about our costs off living, inflation, budgeting, work-life balance etc. My son will be attending a college-prep high school this fall and has already told me that he wasn’t “going to be one of those kids who blows over $100.00 a month on lattes at the cafeteria!”. I am so thankful for this class. It really got my son thinking of his future!

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R.R., New Jersey

Adulting is Hard!

Rated 5 out of 5

I am so grateful to Ms. Eva and Open Tent for providing a platform for kids to think about their futures. Last summer, my son took Eva’s Study Skills class, which was so much more than Study Skills. Eva included planning skills and vision (future) skills! This summer, my son followed this up with Beyond Personal Finance (then, called This is Life). Now a teenager, nitty-gritty details about handling finances, budgets, living arraignments are much more real to him. Thank you for introduce the future to him.

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K.A., California

This Is Life – this class should be mandatory!

Rated 5 out of 5

I signed up my 8th grader to take this class because I wanted him to start thinking of his future. What I didn’t expect is him initiating meaningful discussions about our cost of living, inflation, budgeting, work-life balance, etc. My son will be attending a college-prep HS in the fall and had already told me he wasn’t “going to be an idiot who blows over $100 a month on lattes at the cafeteria.” I’m so thankful for this class! It really got my son thinking of his future.

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Rachel (NJ)

Adulting is Hard!

Rated 5 out of 5

I am so grateful to Ms Eva and Open Tent for providing a platform for kids to think about their futures. Last summer, my son F (then 12) took her Study Skills course which was so much more than study skills but planning skills and vision skills! This summer, he followed up with This Is Life. Now a teenager, nitty gritty details about handling finances, budgets, living arrangements are much more real to him. Thanks for introducing the future to him.

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Krista

Fabulous lit/comp class!

Rated 5 out of 5

Perspectives was a last minute addition to my son’s 8th grade schedule, but it turned out to be the best decision of our homeschool year! The short stories were extremely effective in teaching literature and Eva’s instruction was excellent and thorough. It was a lot of work for my son, but the organization of the course and the way the assignments were distributed throughout the semester kept it very manageable.

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Kristin

Fun Course

Rated 5 out of 5

This was a fun and interesting course for my daughter. Ms. Getson is a kind and sweet teacher with a homeschooling background which served our family well. Lots of hands-on assignments instead of boring book work. I would highly recommend this course!

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Melissa

Amazing Class!

Rated 5 out of 5

This class is perfect for middle school students. The stories were engaging and interesting and the corresponding writing assignments help students learn to analyze literature. Eva does a wonderful job connecting with each student even through the virtual platform. My son appreciated that each class was recorded and he could always go back and watch it again for clarification. The class was organized and assignments were presented clearly. My son learned a lot from this challenging class. Great Job Eva!

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Kristine Larson

An excellent course!

Rated 5 out of 5

After watching Hamilton the musical, students will participate in a highly interactive discussion based class. Each week, a new part of the history is reviewed, and the class dives between the lines of the musical. Mrs. Eva makes this class a fun learning environment, and encourages students to share their thoughts and opinions. This class is truly one that you must consider when registering for courses.

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Frederic Abrahams

Excellent class!

Rated 5 out of 5

Mrs. Geston is an excellent teacher. She gives clear and excellent lectures and fun projects. She is very kind and was understanding of the accommodations we had to make for the class due to our daughter’s special needs. We both learned a lot!

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Lisa

Organized, caring instructor!

Rated 5 out of 5

My 10th grade son announced today that Mrs. Getson’s OTA Biology class has been his favorite class of the school year. Mrs. Getson starts class on time and is always prepared with an engaging PowerPoint presentation; we both sense her commitment to ensuring that the students understand the topics covered. He and I also appreciate Mrs. Getson’s clear expectations regarding homework. Homework assignments include a great mix of textbook reading, vocabulary work, and hands-on activities. My son’s favorite homework assignment this year was creating a detailed, 3D model of a caffeine molecule! We highly recommend this instructor!

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B.R.

Thank you!

Rated 5 out of 5

Ms. Eva,
I’m writing to thank you for teaching me how to actually write. In my time at CNU, I have been shocked to find that many people haven’t learned this critical skill. The latest installment of this drama occurred today when I was accepted to the business school and they provided me with a grammarly account. I learned that grammarly is a total ripoff and I will not be using it as the suggestions were mostly abhorrent. Anyways, the point of this email was to tell you that I am incredibly grateful to you for teaching me how to write and edit my essays and to understand the principles and mechanics behind a good essay so that I don’t have to rely on sketchy softwares to edit my papers for me. Due to your classes I was able to skip the mandatory freshman and sophomore english classes and have gotten an A on every writing assignment I’ve done so far. In conclusion, thank you a million times over! The skills you taught me have aided in my success more than anything else I learned in high school and I truly would not be where I am today without your excellent instruction. I hope you are doing well and staying safe!

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KK, College Student in Virgnia

Thank you!

Rated 5 out of 5

Ms. Eva,
I’m writing to thank you for teaching me how to actually write. In my time at CNU, I have been shocked to find that many people haven’t learned this critical skill. The latest installment of this drama occurred today when I was accepted to the business school and they provided me with a grammarly account. I learned that grammarly is a total ripoff and I will not be using it as the suggestions were mostly abhorrent. Anyways, the point of this email was to tell you that I am incredibly grateful to you for teaching me how to write and edit my essays and to understand the principles and mechanics behind a good essay so that I don’t have to rely on sketchy softwares to edit my papers for me. Due to your classes I was able to skip the mandatory freshman and sophomore english classes and have gotten an A on every writing assignment I’ve done so far. In conclusion, thank you a million times over! The skills you taught me have aided in my success more than anything else I learned in high school and I truly would not be where I am today without your excellent instruction. I hope you are doing well and staying safe!

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K.K., College Student in Virginia

Thank you!

Rated 5 out of 5

Ms. Eva,
I’m writing to thank you for teaching me how to actually write. In my time at CNU, I have been shocked to find that many people haven’t learned this critical skill. The latest installment of this drama occurred today when I was accepted to the business school and they provided me with a grammarly account. I learned that grammarly is a total ripoff and I will not be using it as the suggestions were mostly abhorrent. Anyways, the point of this email was to tell you that I am incredibly grateful to you for teaching me how to write and edit my essays and to understand the principles and mechanics behind a good essay so that I don’t have to rely on sketchy softwares to edit my papers for me. Due to your classes I was able to skip the mandatory freshman and sophomore english classes and have gotten an A on every writing assignment I’ve done so far. In conclusion, thank you a million times over! The skills you taught me have aided in my success more than anything else I learned in high school and I truly would not be where I am today without your excellent instruction. I hope you are doing well and staying safe!

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KK, College Student, Virginia

Asynchronous – Powerful Paragraph

Rated 5 out of 5

The Asynchronous powerful paragraph class is well-organized with detailed and precise notes, guides, and instructions. Not only my 10-year-old daughter has been able to improve her writing during the past several months, but she has also developed the confidence and independence to go through the reading and videos for each week and be able to brainstorm, outline, write, and edit her work with no or little assistance from us. Eva does an excellent job of grading and providing helpful feedback in a timely manner. I plan to sign up my older daughter to a similar class and to continue to explore other classes. We highly recommend Eva’s (opentent) classes!

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N. Girma

8th grader loves it!

Rated 5 out of 5

My daughter has enjoyed the Perspectives class immensely. She’s taken on complete independence in this course, which has helped her manage time and deadlines. It’s helped free up time for me as I’m teaching other siblings. Everyone wins!
She said she’d wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading and discussing good literature and is looking to hone their writing skills. We have appreciated Ms. Eva’s structured teaching methods and approachable personality.

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T. Wilkie

Above and beyond!

Rated 5 out of 5

This class is pure gold! My son has taken Eva’s IEW WRITING classes for two years. This year, we switched to PERSPECTIVES, so he could apply what he learned in writing class to literature class. For two years, Eva has told me that everything would come together and she was right! All the skills that she patiently taught, went over again and again, solidified and I can see the fruit of his labor.
PERSPECTIVES has given my son the chance to read, discuss, analyze and write about classic short stories in a small group setting and SUCCEED. My son, who used to say he hated writing, looked forward to each and every paper and wrote them with EASE! He sat down on his own and independently edited, added techniques, chose better words and composed beautiful essays.
Eva: I know you said that learning to write takes time and to be patient. I am so glad that I listed to you. You were correct. I can see, N’s gears turning, now when he sits down to write.
Thank you for everything you do! I couldn’t be more delighted.

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R.M., Alabama

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