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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

Eva’s Literature Classes are Amazing!

Rated 5 out of 5

All of Eva’s Literature Classes are amazing.

My daughter MOST RECENTLY 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.

She has taken HIDDEN FIGURES, TWICE TOWARDS JUSTICE, AMERICAN GIRLS, WONDER, FISH IN A TREE, TO HOPE AND BACK and REFUGEE with Eva.

Each class was better than the one before!

Do not miss out on Eva’s literature classes!

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JH, Virginia

Eva’s Literature Classes are Amazing!

Rated 5 out of 5

All of Eva’s Literature Classes are amazing.

My daughter MOST RECENTLY 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.

She has taken HIDDEN FIGURES, TWICE TOWARDS JUSTICE, AMERICAN GIRLS, WONDER, FISH IN A TREE, TO HOPE AND BACK and REFUGEE with Eva.

Each class was better than the one before!

Do not miss out on Eva’s literature classes!

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JH, Virginia

Eva’s Literature Classes are AMAZING!

Rated 5 out of 5

All of Eva’s Literature Classes are amazing.

My daughter MOST RECENTLY 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.

She has taken HIDDEN FIGURES, TWICE TOWARDS JUSTICE, AMERICAN GIRLS, WONDER, FISH IN A TREE, TO HOPE AND BACK and REFUGEE with Eva.

Each class was better than the one before!

Do not miss out on Eva’s literature classes!

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JH, Virginia

Eva’s Literature Classes are Amazing!

Rated 5 out of 5

All of Eva’s Literature Classes are amazing.

My daughter MOST RECENTLY 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.

She has taken HIDDEN FIGURES, TWICE TOWARDS JUSTICE, AMERICAN GIRLS, WONDER, FISH IN A TREE, TO HOPE AND BACK and REFUGEE with Eva.

Each class was better than the one before!

Do not miss out on Eva’s literature classes!

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JH, Virginia

Eva Knows What she is Doing!

Rated 5 out of 5

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.

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AK, Florida

Eva knows what she is doing!

Rated 5 out of 5

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.

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AK Florida

Fabulous Class!

Rated 5 out of 5

I just wanted you to know that Laura and I were discussing classes for next year. I was thinking that she would “take a break” from Eva Goldstein-Meola’s writing class for one year and then return for the high school classes; however, Laura insisted, “Absolutely not. I learn so much from Eva. Not only about writing; but about how to be a better person. Eva expects excellence out of us in all areas of life.“

Laura truly enjoys all that you bring to the class, your energy, humor, and all that you teach. She has learned so very much from you and I know you have her highest respect along with mine. Personally, I am a terrible writer. Laura loves to write; however, that was not always the case. Without your instruction, I cannot even imagine the quality of her work. I thank you so much for everything. I am so glad I met you years ago in NJ at ENOCH. You have changed my daughter’s life for the better!

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MS, New Jersey

Fabulous Class!

Rated 5 out of 5

I just wanted you to know that Laura and I were discussing classes for next year. I was thinking that she would “take a break” from Eva Goldstein-Meola’s writing class for one year and then return for the high school classes; however, Laura insisted, “Absolutely not. I learn so much from Eva. Not only about writing; but about how to be a better person. Eva expects excellence out of us in all areas of life.“

Laura truly enjoys all that you bring to the class, your energy, humor, and all that you teach. She has learned so very much from you and I know you have her highest respect along with mine. Personally, I am a terrible writer. Laura loves to write; however, that was not always the case. Without your instruction, I cannot even imagine the quality of her work. I thank you so much for everything. I am so glad I met you years ago in NJ at ENOCH. You have changed my daughter’s life for the better!

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MS, New Jersey

Fabulous Class!

Rated 5 out of 5

I just wanted you to know that Laura and I were discussing classes for next year. I was thinking that she would “take a break” from Eva Goldstein-Meola’s writing class for one year and then return for the high school classes; however, Laura insisted, “Absolutely not. I learn so much from Eva. Not only about writing; but about how to be a better person. Eva expects excellence out of us in all areas of life.“

Laura truly enjoys all that you bring to the class, your energy, humor, and all that you teach. She has learned so very much from you and I know you have her highest respect along with mine. Personally, I am a terrible writer. Laura loves to write; however, that was not always the case. Without your instruction, I cannot even imagine the quality of her work. I thank you so much for everything. I am so glad I met you years ago in NJ at ENOCH. You have changed my daughter’s life for the better!

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MS, New Jersey!

Thank you, Eva

Rated 5 out of 5

“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.

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AS, Maryland

Thank you, Eva

Rated 5 out of 5

“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.

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AS, Maryland

My kid loves Eva!

Rated 5 out of 5

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.

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KB, Virginia

My kid loves Eva!

Rated 5 out of 5

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.

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KB, Virginia

Fabulous Class!

Rated 5 out of 5

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!

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NS, Virginia

Fabulous Class!

Rated 5 out of 5

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!

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NS, Virginia

Fabulous Class!

Rated 5 out of 5

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!

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NS, Virginia

Perspectives with Eva ROCKS!

Rated 5 out of 5

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.

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ST, Florida

Writing Classes with Eva Rocks!

Rated 5 out of 5

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.

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ST, Florida

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