Laurent Clerc was America's first deaf teacher. Thomas Gallaudet and he helped found America's first school for the deaf, American School for the Deaf (ASD), in Hartford, Connecticut.
Laurent Clerc (1785-1869) is known for his pioneering work in deaf education. Born and raised in France, he was a teacher at a now-famous Deaf school in Paris. Thomas Gallaudet from America came to France to learn about teaching methods for deaf students. In Paris, Gallaudet asked Clerc to come to America to help found deaf education in America. Sign language was employed in teaching methods.
Carroll, Cathryn and Harlan Lane. Laurent Clerc: The Story of His Early Years. Washington, D.C.: Gallaudet University Press, 1991.
Lane, Harlan. When the Mind Hears: A History of the Deaf. New York: Random House, 1984.