Larry Efird

Larry Efird "A.L. Brown kids are the BEST ALL AROUND

Schedule Fall
English II--1st
Pre-AP English Lang and Comp--2nd
English II Honors--3rd

Schedule Spring
English ll--1st
AP Lang and Comp--2nd
English II Honors--3rd


Educational Biography       

  • A.L.Brown Class of 1973
  • English, Bryan College, Dayton, TN 1977
  • Certificate of Completion, Capernwray Bible School, England 1976
  • M.A.B.S. in Biblical Studies  1981  
  • Master of Theology, Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, TX  1985


Educational Experiences:

  • Began teaching career in 1978
  • Have taught every grade except kindergarten
  • Served as an elementary school principal for 8 years
  • Employed as an adjunct professor of Religion at Gardner Webb University since 1998
  • Began teaching at A.L. Brown in 2007
  • Certified as a secondary English teacher
  • A.L. Brown Teacher of the Year 2013

Educational Philosophy:

 “Because philosophy arises from awe, a philosopher is bound in his way to be a lover of myths and poetic fables. Poets and philosophers are alike in being big with wonder.” 

                                                                       ― Thomas Aquinas


I believe that the starting point for all learning and appreciation of knowledge is having a sense of awe and wonder.  My job as a teacher is to instill within each of my students this sense of curiosity as they approach the world’s great literature for themselves.  My desire is that they can value and understand  their own  life experience more while learning how to  critically think about the worldviews and experiences of others.  For that reason, being “big with wonder” is an essential part of one’s educational growth and development.

 What we're doing: 

Anyone enrolled in my English II Honors classes, first or second semester, should read Siddhartha, by Hermann Hesse, and Pilgrim's Progress, by John Bunyan.  After reading the two books, you should write a three-page essay which demonstrates your understanding of how the books are similar, and how they are different.  You should also identify any main themes or symbols in the books.  There is no vocabulary component to this reading assignment because I want you to focus on reading and thinking...You might even enjoy it!

If there are any extenuating circumstances I need to know about regarding the reading, let me know.  Please do not stress over this assignment. They are excellent books, and are well-written. We will refer to them throughout the course of the semester.  If you did not receive the assignment for some reason or were confused due to the changing of schedules in the guidance department, we can work this out. I have taught for too many years to let the small things distract me from teaching or learning.

NOTE:   All students should have a spiral notebook in class for daily use, which is turned in twice per nine weeks for a test grade.  I do not give homework every night, but if your child says he or she never has any homework, they could be mistaken.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at my email address. I am in Room 319 on the third floor of the main building, and my extension is 21319 if you need to call me or come in for a conference/visit.  I hope to meet you at some point during the semester. It is my pleasure and privilege to teach your child.
Go Wonders!!! 
Beat Concord!!!

Email Me
 704-932-6125  ext. 319