Scouten Internship Scholarship Award to Alabama Teacher of the Deaf Alexandria Ried

The Shelby County resident has worked with deaf students since 2019

Matthew J. Sluka

Scouten Internship Scholarship Award winner Alexandria Ried, left, met with Gerry Buckley, NTID president and RIT vice president and dean, during her time on the Rochester, New York, campus.

Montevallo, Alabama, School District itinerant teacher Alexandria Ried was named the recipient of the Edward L. Scouten Award for teaching by Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

A graduate of the University of Montevallo, Ried has worked since 2019 in the Montevallo school district in Shelby County, Alabama. As an itinerant teacher, she spends part of her day working with deaf students in a self-contained classroom, and then spends the rest of her day serving deaf and hard-of-hearing students at their schools throughout the district. Her focus has been on helping students develop literacy and communication skills.  

She has furthered her education through training in literacy at the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind. Additionally, she has enlisted deaf and hard-of-hearing mentors to help students better their ASL and English skills.

“It was a truly wonderful experience and getting to see the students in the classes and talk with [NTID faculty] has given me valuable insight on things I need to be instilling and developing in the students I work with to help get them college-ready,” Ried said.

The internship program was established in 2004 to honor the memory of professor emeritus Edward L. Scouten who was a faculty member in NTID’s English Department from 1970 until his retirement in 1985. Selected interns must primarily teach deaf students English- Language Arts at the high school- or middle-school level and have at least two years of teaching experience.

Applications for next year’s internship will be accepted through the year. Visit the Scouten webpage for more information.