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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

Organization Leads to Dreams

Rated 5 out of 5

My 12 year old son took this class this summer in preparation for more complicated classes in middle school and high school. I had assumed time management, use of highlighters, reading texts for comprehension, how to study for a midterm. Sure, all that was introduced, but more significantly, techniques for planning meant my son started to think and dream about his own future! What he would like to do over the next 2 years – 5 years -longer. Thanks Eva!

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Krista

Life-changing!

Rated 5 out of 5

Incredible class. This class helped me understand and perfect key studying and test taking concepts. I had a really good time and this has definitely made me a better student.

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Elliot

An excellent course!

Rated 5 out of 5

Study Skills with Eva Goldstein-Meola was an incredibly beneficial class! We learned about different study methods, how to be motivated, having an organized study space and so much more! A highly recommended course for anyone wanting to be an effective student.
Thanks, Mrs. Eva!

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Frederic Abrahams

People & Places – a NEW class for the YOUNGER students!

Rated 5 out of 5

I was not quite sure what to expect from him or from an IEW class for kids that young and I appreciate how gentle, patient, and enthusiastic you were in guiding the kids through. You covered so much more than I was expecting with that age group while at the same time always trying to meet them where they were. I’m very glad that your class was what I chose for my son’s first experience with longer class meetings and real homework.

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S.C., Georgia

People & Places – GREAT addition to OTA’s Writing Line Up!

Rated 5 out of 5

And as a homeschool parent, I really appreciate the PEOPLE & PLACES WRITING class. I love that it is truly academic with clear expectations and helpful feedback on the assignments. So glad we found OTA!

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N.S., NY

High Quality Class!

Rated 5 out of 5

My daughter has been enjoying this writing class. The class is well organized with step-by-step instructions. Eva is very knowledgeable, patient and supportive. The source texts in this writing class are good selected.

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Y.W.

Thought Provoking and Insightful Class!

Rated 5 out of 5

My 15 year old boy enjoyed this class a ton! I enjoyed the book as well as I had never read it before. When asked what he liked best about the course, he said that he especially liked the conversations, topics and writing prompts. I noticed that he had some “A-ha” moments throughout the course that were impactful and positive. The coursework was at times challenging, but well worth it for what he got out of the class. I would highly recommend this class for all students and cant wait for my younger boy to take it in the future!

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Tamara

A detailed and fun study of all fifty states

Rated 5 out of 5

My student is still talking about how much they enjoyed this class. Every week, students visit an average of three states and then complete assignments that become part of a detailed guide to all the US states. Games and special projects help break up the weekly routine. Highly recommended!

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AK, Virginia

Another FABULOUS class!

Rated 5 out of 5

My daughter has taken several writing classes with Eva and this one by far has been her favorite! I think it’s important that she took the others first: Into to IEW, Powerful Paragraph, Middle School Writing first so she had the foundation to continue building on, and the addition of the creative writing component wasn’t overwhelming. The creative writing writing component is what really made this class so enjoyable. I also appreciate Eva’s commitment to holding the kids accountable for their standard of work. Even through online learning she is able to get to know the kids individually, make them all feel valued in the classroom and spark enthusiasm for class participation.

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Liz Stogran

Engaging Class with fun assignments

Rated 5 out of 5

My son has taken several writing classes with Miss Eva. She has helped my son to build a solid foundation in writing. The Perspective Classes were a natural succession and opportunity to apply what he had learned to a short story format. Miss Eva always kept my son engaged, which given the 6:00 am start time for us on the West Coast, was not always an easy task. My son greatly enjoyed the variety of assignments and I appreciated the added instruction in story elements and figurative language. Thank you Miss Eva for another wonderful experience!!

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Stacie Roeder

Great class, amazing teacher

Rated 5 out of 5

This was C.’s first writing class with OTA, and he cannot wait to take many more.
Ms. Eva is not only an amazing instructor: engaging, committed, caring, and extremely knowledgeable. She also went above and beyond in helping C. get caught up in how OTA’s writing process works.
The writing process is brilliant and makes even the most reluctant writer enjoy writing.
Thank you for this course!

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Michele Hoff

Geography Matters

Rated 5 out of 5

This was a great class. My kiddo learned alot and found a few new places he wants to visit.
I was impressed by the teacher’s professionalism during this unprecedented time.
Looking forward to more classes in the future.

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Rebecca Martin

Got my son to write

Rated 5 out of 5

This course was great for my son, who is 13. I had a hard time getting him to write. He loved the topic and the assignments and wrote willingly. He was very impressed with the teacher, Eva Goldstein. I was surprised that there was not more feedback on the writing, but maybe that is because most of the writing was journaling. Either way, I am happy that I signed him up for the course and my son learned a lot besides getting motivated to write. The course didn’t just cover the book but went into details about geography and culture.

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Jenny Magnes

Thank you! You went above and beyond!

Rated 5 out of 5

I just wanted to say “THANK YOU” for all the work you did with C, this spring, in your Perspectives class.
He so very much enjoyed the class and learned so much from you, the content, and the other students.
Where I wanted to give my most sincere appreciation though was for the extra time you took with him on those Zoom calls to get him up to speed with the writing techniques required for the course. This was above and beyond.

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M.H., Virginia

Eva really knows how to engage kids in writing!

Rated 5 out of 5

E (13) just finished her third year of writing with Mrs. Eva. She has always enjoyed writing, but Eva has taken her to the next level and beyond! Perspectives was a great second year middle school writing choice, and E loved the creative writing assignments! Creative writing is her true passion! This year E transitioned from asking me to proofread her assignments to doing 100% of the editing herself. She told me that her grades have been better without my help LOL, which is a true testament to how adept Eva has helped her become. We are looking forward to All About Essays next school year.

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BC

Two Great Classes!

Rated 5 out of 5

Our daughter absolutely loved taking Perspectives 1 & 2 and Geography with Miss Eva this year. The online format that Open Tent uses was a little new for us to navigate but it all worked smoothly. Miss Eva is a dedicated teacher and encourages the students every step along the way. I noticed a remarkable difference in my daughters writing abilities as well as her knowledge of the world as she worked hard throughout the year in these courses.
Open Tent Academy is an amazing resource for Homeschoolers, and we have been so pleased with the classes our daughter took this year. We will be signing up for more classes for the spring and summer season. Thank you, Miss Eva and the whole Open Tent Academy team!!

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T.H.

Two amazing classes!

Rated 5 out of 5

Our daughter absolutely loved taking Perspectives 1 & 2 and Geography with Miss Eva this year. The online format that Open Tent uses was a little new for us to navigate but it all worked smoothly. Miss Eva is a dedicated teacher and encourages the students every step along the way. I noticed a remarkable difference in my daughters writing abilities as well as her knowledge of the world as she worked hard throughout the year in these courses.
Open Tent Academy is an amazing resource for Homeschoolers, and we have been so pleased with the classes our daughter took this year. We will be signing up for more classes for the spring and summer season. Thank you, Miss Eva and the whole Open Tent Academy team!!

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T.H.

Loved this class

Rated 5 out of 5

I thoroughly enjoyed this class, it shone a light on incredibly fascinating and unknown background stories about “successful people”. It was truly enlightening and a joy to be apart of the discussions, debates, and out-of-the-box thinking this book drew from me and the class. The people were very sweet and intelligent and I enjoyed participating with them.

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Emily McCormick

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