Students, teachers mourn loss of teacher, coach

SOMERSET, Ky. (WKYT) - He had only taught there for a few months, but had a huge impact. It's been a difficult few days at a Southern Kentucky middle school, after the sudden death of math teacher and former coach Scott Taylor.

Now, students have taken it upon themselves to pay tribute to the popular teacher.

Messages on the wall, about a man many only knew for just a few months.

Students and teachers says Taylor was well respected, and someone who will definitely be missed.

Taylor passed away suddenly at the age of 42.

Troy Dotson is a teacher at Southern Middle School. Dotson says, "It's hard to lose a colleague, especially someone the quality of Mr. Taylor. He has touched so many lives throughout his teaching career."

Taylor once coached softball at Pulaski County High School where he led the girls team to numerous district and the school's first regional championship in 2006. Fellow teachers say he made a huge impact in the short time he was at Southern Middle.

Brandon Hensley is another math teacher at the school. Hensley says, "In the class, the kids saw his professionalism, they could see this was a gentleman who believed in what he was doing, and believed in his abilities to rise to the challenge he put before them in the classroom."

So students spearheaded an effort to put their thoughts and feelings down on cards, and made a billboard to honor his memory.

Southern Oaks funeral home is handling arrangements with visitation Friday night and the funeral at 1:00 p.m. Saturday.

Officials say that Taylor was recovering from surgery and likely died of a blood clot.

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