Scouten intern Jennifer Hills reflects on her time at RIT/NTID

Story Highlights: 
  • Established in 2004, the Scouten Endowed Internship in English Literacy provides support for an internship with RIT/NTID.
  • The purpose of the internship is to provide mentoring in best teaching practices to promote English literacy.
  • Jennifer Hills, an itinerant teacher of deaf and hard-of-hearing students at the Falcon School District 49 in Peyton, Colorado, completed her internship at RIT/NTID in March

Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf selected Jennifer Hills of Peyton, Colorado, for the 2018 Scouten Endowed Internship in English Literacy. Her internship took place in March at RIT/NTID.

Hills is an itinerant teacher of deaf and hard-of-hearing students at the Falcon School District 49 in Peyton.

Of her time at RIT/NTID, Hills said, "As I look back on my week at NTID, I am still in awe of the opportunity that was afforded to me! Every class I attended, and every staff member who met with me, left an indelible mark on my teaching career. I was given numerous resources and strategies for supporting deaf and hard-of-hearing students, which will help me develop components for strong literacy and soft skills in preparation for the future."

Hills plans to bring many of the tools she learned during her time at RIT/NTID back to her classrooms to help better prepare deaf and hard-of-hearing students for success in college. 

The Scouten internship program, which includes an $1,800 stipend, 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 throughout the year. Go to the Scouten webpage for more information.


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