Born to two “wannabe” musicians, it is no wonder that Sandra Lynn spent her childhood studying music. Attending New York City’s esteemed High School of Music and Art, she played the cello and continued her extensive piano training. With an ear for precision and eye for detail Sandra Lynn chose to major in mathematics in college and received both her B.S. and M.A. degrees by the age of 22 from Long Island University and Penn State University respectively.
Sandra Lynn taught high school and community college in New York City, and continued teaching in Fairfax County Public Schools and Northern Virginia Community College after relocating to Virginia with her family. With her husband Donald, they formed an educational company The Manigault Institute. In this capacity she mastered the art of course design and standardized test preparation.
With inspiration from Colorado’s Teaching for a Change conference and the transformative book, The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron, her self published Book for Math Empowerment was born and was followed by the sequel, The Children’s Book for Math Empowerment. In a creative writing course her acclaimed memoir Fragments of a Woman’s Life blossomed. In 2016, Sandra Lynn published her first novel, Vanessa – a Love Story, and is currently working on a sequel to it. Believing every woman ought to leave a personal testament of her life for a future generation, Sandra Lynn created “LEGACIES” a memoir writing and healthful eating workshop to inspire other women to write their stories and transform their lives.
Yet in spite of all of the teaching, inspirational speaking, and writing something was still missing. Ever since she could remember, Sandra Lynn has wanted to be an artist and took the first plunge into acrylics in 1995. Her latest work includes an eclectic collection of designer note cards, The Gratitude Collection.
Sandra Lynn is the wife of educator/artist, Donald Manigault; the mother of Dawn Michelle, a phenomenal writer/dancer/activist; Patrick Alexander, a passionate corporate trainer; and grandmother to two beautiful grandsons, Amari and Elijah Zion.