Debbie L. Kasman is a former principal, acting interim superintendent, and student achievement officer at the Ministry of Education in Ontario. She is notable for her role as the whistleblower who triggered the following changes to education.

was instrumental in building a case against

Debbie has lots to say about spirituality, female leadership, and the need to transform education. The New-York Times Bestselling author, Daniel H. Pink, placed her blog on his Reader Recommended List in December 2016. 


Tara Westover is an American author. Born in Idaho to a father opposed to public education, she never attended school. She spent her days working in her father's junkyard or stewing herbs for her mother, a self-taught herbalist and midwife. She was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. After that first encounter with education, she pursued learning for a decade, graduating magna cum laude from Brigham Young University in 2008 and subsequently winning a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. She earned an MPhil from Trinity College, Cambridge in 2009, and in 2010 was a visiting fellow at Harvard University. She returned to Cambridge, where she was awarded a PhD in history in 2014.

Educated is her first book.