Larry Efird

English Teacher
English IV, AP Literature and Composition

Summer Reading Assignment for AP English IV.docx

Educational Biography

A. L. Brown Class of 1973

Bryan College - Dayton, TN
Bachelor of Arts in English 1977

Capernwray Bible School,  N. Lancashire, England
Certificate of Completion  1976
Dallas Theological Seminary - Dallas, TX
Master of Theology  1985
Master of Arts in Biblical Studies

Educational Experience
Began teaching career in 1978
Have taught every grade except kindergarten
Served as an elementary school principal for 8 years at Carolina Christian School in Locust
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's New?
English IV classes are working on their Senior Projects, as well as doing studies in Medieval and Modern World Literature. 

AP classes are preparing for the AP exam in May 2018 through extensive essay writing in conjunction with a comprehensive exposure to world literature.  AP students follow an "A" day "B" day schedule.  These students also complete the Senior Project during the first semester. 

Contact Me
Phone: 704-932-6125 ext. 21319


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