This is my tenth year of teaching. Before coming to Jefferson Jr. High in 2021, I taught sixth grade at Jim Bridger Elementary.
Before that, I taught fifth grade at Westbrook Elementary.
I received a Bachelor's Degree at Western Governors University. I also have a Gifted & Talented endorsement from Southern Utah University and an ESL endorsement from Weber State University.
I will have a Master's Degree in American History through Gettysburg College by the end of this school year.
Twelve Things About Me
I grew up in Bennion, Utah.
I was educated in the Granite School District. (Plymouth Elementary / Eisenhower Jr. / Taylorsville High)
My wife and I have been married for 29 years and have five children. (four girls and one boy)
Before becoming a teacher, I was a radio DJ for 20 years. (photos below)
I love music and own over 200,000 songs. (My favorite is "Scenes From An Italian Restaurant" by Billy Joel)
I also performed stand-up comedy for a time. (video below)
I portray a teacher in a BYU Vocal Point music video. (video below)
Sharks are my favorite animal. (My second favorite is a wolf, and my third is a Gila Monster.)
I have been collecting Pez dispensers since I was seven years old. I have about 500. (Video)
I speak Spanish, and I'm currently teaching myself Italian and Portuguese.
I own a plot of land in Wigtownshire, Scotland, which makes me a Laird, Lord in Scottish.
I became an ordained minister in 2021. (You can call me "The Minister of Music" or "The Reverend of Rock")
Find Mr. Taylor
This is my 6th-grade class photo. Can you tell which of these kids is me?
Mr. Taylor is the recipient of the Kiwanis Educator Award (2016) and the Elbert K. Fretwell Outstanding Educator Award (2020).
He is also a three-time nominee for Gilder-Lehrman Institute's National History Teacher of the Year.
Even though I still work at Bonneville Broadcasting (KSL, Arrow 103.5, and FM 100), my full-time radio career lasted from 1994-2014.
For most stations, I used my real name, but I did go by a few other names:
Mike Myers (K-Rock 103.1 / Rock 99), John 'Doc' Holliday (Classic Country AM 700), Eric Chase (Oldies 94.1)
Deseret News August 13, 2004
My stand-up comedy debut.
The music video. I show up around the 3:14 mark.
Row One (from left): As Elvis Presley; with Ashley Tisdale (Sharpay on High School Musical); at Sun Studios in Memphis; K-ROCK staff with Aerosmith
Row Two: With KOSY's Erica Hansen and Donny Osmond; with my dad at Wrigley Field; in Rangacua, Chile; with the Rocky Balboa statue in Philadelphia
Row Three: With my wife at the Liberty Bell; with Ghostbusters vehicle; at Mount Rushmore; at Chichen Itza, Mexico, with a few of my kids
Row Four: in the THS production of Little Shop of Horrors; in Punxsutawney, PA; hanging out with some friends; my happy place (the beach)