Hailee Mogelnicki, Hannah Kamphuis, Kylie Colvill, and Andrew Sanchez, members of the Voices of Educators, shared information about the history of the organization and their future aspirations. The Chase Photo: Rebecca Darrup
When it comes to community service, members of the Voices of Educators group at Eastern New Mexico
University can usually be found in the thick of it. Between the commitments of their busy schedules,
students in undergraduate and graduate programs make time for weekly meetings and several events
throughout the school year.
Starting at ENMU around 2009, Kathie Good is the current advisor of the organization. Originally, the
program was intended for students on the education track, whether as a major or a minor. That
included elementary education, special education and secondary education. Around 2017, however, the
group expanded their membership to anyone with a desire to be involved in community service, and
have since added students from the business and social work fields to the group as well.
“Every major and every field, you’re an educator either way,” said Andrew Sanchez, a graduate student
and the president of Voices of Educators.
Their weekly meetings consist of recapping the events of the last week and a time for open discussion,
particularly for hot topics in the education field. It allows students to help each other prepare for
milestones in their education, such as changes in the testing system to be licensed to teach after
graduation. They also take time during meetings to plan for upcoming events.
Voices of Educators hosts the Scholastic Book Fair on campus and run a drive for food baskets for
Thanksgiving. Creating a float for homecoming in the fall is a hands-down favorite of the group. Working
together to build the float brings the group closer and helps new members to make new friends and find
their niche in the organization.
“We always like getting our ‘Most Beautiful’ floats,” stated Kylie Colvill, who is a junior and the Voices
Participating in the group helps students to find their way in life, whether that’s in or out of the
education field. Speaking about their future goals, Colvill plans to become a museum curator, and
Sanchez intends to be a guidance counselor. Hailee Mogelnicki wants to be a teacher, and Hannah
Kamphuis has a goal to teach on military bases, as she grew up in a military family.
In March, members of the Voices of Educators will help entertain and distract students while their
projects are judged for the regional science fair.