- CTO, Instructor, & Technologist for South Florida Homeschool Resource Center
- Dual Bachelor’s Degrees – University of Miami
- Certified TESOL (Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages)
- Private Tutor in Writing, Social Studies, and other subjects
- Former Certified Technology Architect and Senior Consultant/Advisor
- Multiple Software, Systems and related Industry Certifications
Born in New York City, Jonathan Meola grew up in Hopatcong, NJ & North Miami Beach, FL. He graduated from the University of Miami with a dual A.B. in English and Judaic Studies, along with a minor in Politics and Public Affairs.
Jonathan’s interest in education dates back to his involvement (as both a peer group leader and professional staff) with Young Judaea in the SE USA, FL, & PR. He also worked as a full-time staff member for several summers at their flagship camp in Hendersonville, North Carolina – Camp Judaea.
Jonathan also taught software applications classes for urban at-risk youth while working post-graduation at “The U”. From there, he then went into what eventually became a long career in the telecommunications and software industry as a technology architect and business process consultant.
Jonathan’s first experience with homeschooling involved his own children, and was inspired by reading John Taylor Gatto’s Dumbing Us Down. The experience of home-based education stayed with them, even after they eventually returned to full-time classroom education.
In 2017, Jonathan felt it was time to change careers, and decided to fulfill his life-long dream of teaching middle and high school students. Along with Eva, Jonathan co-founded Open Tent Academy, an online a-la-carte program for homeschoolers worldwide, where he manages technology issues while teaching classes for middle and high school age learners.
Although Jonathan was involved in the fields of non-traditional and continuing education since the beginning of his career, he is using his in-depth knowledge and experience with history, philosophy, politics, science, and technology to bring a wide variety of classes to his students, both online and in-person with SFLHRC.
After spending five years living in Israel, Jonathan and Eva are once again back in South Florida. Between Jonathan & Eva, they have three children, all of whom were homeschooled at various points in their educational journeys. In his spare time, he loves traveling, reading (especially histories and biographies), photography, college football (Go Canes!), and cinema.