Taylor received the award Wednesday at Jacksonville High School where he teaches 9th and 10th grade geometry classes.
Taylor himself was a four-year member of the Key Club -- two years in middle school and two years in high school. He remembers those years as being beneficial and helping him in a number of areas. He said that experience helped broaden his high school years.
Taylor said he enjoyed doing anything service oriented then and he continues to do so.
He said being recognized by the Kiwanis Club in this way was a surprise, yet special occasion for him.
“It’s not anything that I anticipated or even tough of, but it was definitely a very pleasant surprise,” he said. “There are many good educators out there who are equally deserving. I’m grateful and honored to be selected.”
Taylor was born in Alexander City and graduated from Benjamin Russell High School there. He went on to receive a degree in economics from Auburn University-Montgomery. He worked seven years at Russell Corporation in Alexander City before realizing that he wanted to be a teacher.
“I definitely can say that it was a calling that brought me to education,” he said. “The Lord has blessed me to be able to do certain things, and I’m happy that teaching is one of them.”
Taylor and his wife, the former Anna Morris, who teaches biology at Donoho, live in Anniston. Their children are Callee, 5, and Reid, 4 months. Anna is a Jacksonville native and is the daughter of David and Sue Morris.
This is Taylor’s second year to teach at JHS. He previously taught at Munford Middle School and B. B. Comer High School in Talladega County.