Born in Lexington, Kentucky in 1948 to Melville Sorrell and Ann Sorrell, Liz dedicated her life to education and helping others having been an administrator and teacher for 45 years. She began her career in education as a science teacher and worked in Ohio, Florida and Massachusetts. Liz was recently retired having served as Superintendent of Carver Public Schools from 2006 to 2016.
A dedicated and loving mother, Liz instilled the value of education in her two daughters, inspiring them to have their own careers in education. She attended Myers Park High School in Charlotte, North Carolina, and graduated from Stetson University in Florida. She earned a Master of Education and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Leadership from Cambridge College, Massachusetts.
Throughout her life, Liz was an active volunteer in her local churches, and with Meals on Wheels, Hands Across America, and Habitat for Humanity. In recent years, she served on her town’s water board, as Board President of the HILL for Literacy and as President of the Board of Directors for Cape Cod Children’s Place.
Dubbed “neighbor Liz” by the son of a close neighbor, Liz was a vital member of the local community. In a recent interview, she said, “I’m sure I’ll be busy,” commenting on her retirement. She was indeed busy. She continued to mentor fellow educators and administrators. Even when fighting cancer, she reached out to educators in order to provide valuable insight and support. She always lived life to the fullest spending time with friends and family, sewing, traveling and kayaking.
She was also well known for her beautiful gardens, photography, and wonderful cooking. Her famous apple butter was a cherished gift to neighbors, friends and secretaries in the schools where her daughters worked. Liz also loved hosting friends and family at her beach house. Her kindness and generosity will continue to touch our lives forever.
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