Sandra Bornstein, an educator with adult four sons, was living her version of the American dream in Colorado when her peaceful and predictable life was jolted after her husband accepted a job requiring extensive international travel.
Following a series of events, Sandra ended up living by herself in a 300 square foot dorm room while teaching at a world-renowned international K-12 boarding school in Bangalore, India. Sandy fulfilled three passions – a desire to travel, a zeal for writing, and a love of teaching. Her first blog, Sandy’s Travel Blog, was born.
She adapted to an unfamiliar environment, embraced her Jewish identity, and endured deteriorating health. Sandra’s Indian adventure became the backdrop for her book, May This Be the Best Year of Your Life: A Memoir. Sandra shares the lessons learned about perseverance, travel, education, faith, and family and simultaneously launched her travel writing career. Follow this link to The Traveling Bornsteins’ website.
Sandra Bornstein has taught K-12 students in the United States and abroad as well as college-level courses at the University of Colorado and Front Range Community College.
Sandra holds two master’s degrees- one in Education from the University of Colorado and another in Jewish Studies from Spertus College. While pursuing a master’s degree in Jewish Studies, Sandra Bornstein wrote Rose Haas Alschuler: A Chicago Woman’s Life of Service 1887-1979 and five biographical essays on American Jewish women. The essays were published in encyclopedias and later added to the Jewish Women’s Archives website.
Sandra’s memoir was a finalist in the Travel/Travel Guide category of the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, the 2013 International Book Awards, the 2013 National Indie Book Excellence Awards, a Honorable Mention award in the Multicultural Non-Fiction category for the 2013 Global ebook Awards and a 4 star rating from Indie Reader Discovery Awards.
Sandra currently lives in Colorado with her husband and their cat, Chloe.