Liz Sunderland

MI Center Teacher



Special Education

Ms. Sunderland moved to Colorado from Chicago, Illinois, in 2007. She has been engaging with young people – as an attorney, nonprofit program director, and educator – since 1994. After earning a BA in Classical Languages from Carleton College in Minnesota and a JD (law degree) from the University of California, Berkeley, she served as an advocate for youth in foster care in Chicago and started a tutoring and environmental education program for children and teens in her neighborhood. In Colorado, she worked for several nonprofits, as well as a special education paraprofessional. She earned her MA in Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado in 2015.

Ms. Sunderland has taught in NEC’s Multi-intensive Center Program since 2019. She loves helping her students explore their strengths and passions and make plans for their futures. She lives in Montbello with her wife and an undisclosed number of cats, who help her with gardening and home improvement projects. Her dream is to again own her own home, so that she can return to beekeeping and backyard chicken-wrangling.