Bio – Deanna Heikkinen

Ms. Deanna Heikkinen


Deanna Heikkinen has been privately teaching writing as well as history, literature, and art history to students grades 2-12 for over five years. Prior to that, she was a tenured professor of humanities at Los Angeles Valley College with a focus on Western Civilization. Additionally, she taught world history, western civilization, Native American history, and anthropology at the college level. Whether teaching elementary schoolers or college students, Deanna uses the greatest works of literature and history from the West to enrich her writing courses and broaden her students’ knowledge.

Deanna holds a doctorate degree in education, a master’s degree in history, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in anthropology with an archaeology focus, and a bachelor’s degree in art history. Her archaeological research focused on the Greco-Roman and Coptic periods of Ancient Egypt. She spent numerous years as part of the University of California, Berkeley Tel El-Hibeh archaeological team, where she focused on excavating mummies and textile analysis. In addition, Deanna has completed IEW’s “Teaching Writing: Structure and Style” teacher training program.

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