- A Teacher of Note
- By RACHAEL JANE
- The 61st Missouri Photo Workshop / Festus & Crystal City, Mo.
Scott Taylor is a music-loving school teacher and softball coach at St. Pius X, a local Catholic high school in Crystal City.
Taylor, as his students call him, often uses music to motivate his students to be more engaged in learning, such as paralleling Chaucer's Canterbury Tales with "The Battle of Evermore" by Led Zeppelin. He uses many musical euphemisms in class to make things fun, such as a weekly vocabulary list he calls the "greatest hits." His walls and bookshelves at home and in his classroom are replete with music and sports paraphernalia.
Scott Taylor is responsible for writing many of the songs by The Bottle Rockets, a rock band considered to be the godfathers of the '90s alt/country-roots rock revival originally from Festus and Crystal City. Some members of the band were his students at St. Pius X.
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