About Deanna

Writer • Educator • Homeschool Advocate • Bitcoiner

My Story


I am Deanna Heikkinen, and my journey as a homeschool teacher, former tenured professor of humanities, and an avid advocate for alternative education has been a rich tapestry of experiences and learning. With Master’s degrees in History and Anthropology, and a Doctorate in Education, my academic path has been intertwined deeply with a passion for understanding the human experience across cultures and times.

In 2011, a new chapter in my life began with my discovery of Bitcoin. This wasn’t just a passing interest; it became a point of study and reflection in not only money but led to a deeper understanding of what it means to live a free and happy life. Through my years of exploration, I’ve seen Bitcoin grow from a nascent idea into a global phenomenon. This experience fueled my desire to write “Shells to Satoshi: The Story of Money.”

“Shells to Satoshi” is more than just a book; it’s a narrative journey that traces the evolution of money. In its pages, I delve into the fundamental question of why we need money and how various societies have tried to answer this through different forms of currency. From barter systems to the creation of coins and paper money, each step in this evolution has been a response to the economic and social needs of its time. It also delves into the more modern global monetary policies of the last 120 years illuminating not only the causal relationships of how we got to where we are today, but why Bitcoin is fundamental to the future.

But this story isn’t just historical. It leads to the present and the advent of Bitcoin, the only truly sovereign solution to the monetary challenges we face. I aim to demystify Bitcoin for the lay audience, providing not only a background of this digital currency but also practical advice on adopting it in everyday life.

As a passionate educator, my goal is to ‘orange pill’ readers – a term in the Bitcoin community for enlightening someone about the potential and importance of Bitcoin. I believe that understanding the ‘why’ behind our monetary systems, as well as the cause and effect of our financial decisions, is crucial. This book is my way of contributing to a broader understanding and, hopefully, a better future for humanity.

Through “Shells to Satoshi,” I invite you to join me on this fascinating journey across time and cultures. Let’s explore together how humans have continually innovated in their quest for a reliable and fair monetary system, and how Bitcoin might just be the answer we’ve been searching for.

To a future of learning and growth,


Deanna Heikkinen

Personal Life

In 2023, my husband and I moved from Florida to El Salvador. Seeking freedom, stability, and safety in a country we could call home, we discovered an incredible place where expats and Salvadorians have welcomed us and become our friends, family, and colleagues. Bitcoin and Bukele brought us here, but it is the people with their kindness and optimism who make us stay.

You can find me taking sunrise walks on the beach, writing in my air conditioned office, and talking books with both kids and adults when I am not teaching. 

"In order to truly appreciate the role money has in one’s own life, it is important to understand its humble beginnings and perhaps even more, what people did before the concept of money existed."

Deanna Heikkinen

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