For Sean Taylor of Elizabethtown, studying at St. James Catholic School (SJS) proved to be a formative experience that instilled in him a knack for leadership and achievement. Attending from first to sixth grade, Sean was an SJS student from 1976 to 1982.
“SJS instilled a strong work ethic, discipline, and confidence that prepared me to become a productive citizen, leader, and a constant learner who continues self-reflection and remains inquisitive and curious,” he said.
After attending SJS, Sean went on to graduate from East Hardin High School in 1988 and earned his Bachelor of Arts in English, Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration, and Masters in Health and Hospital Administration from Western Kentucky University.
After completing graduate school in 2000, Sean began working with the U.S. Army Military Intelligence, where he served for 22 years. Sean served the majority of his career in Europe, the former Asiatic-Pacific Theater, the Middle East and Southwest Asia. He retired from the military in 2022 as a Lieutenant Colonel.
Sean is married to his college sweetheart, Rachel, and has three children, Jack, Henry and Meredith.
Looking back, Sean said some of his fondest memories at SJS are of times spent in the classroom with religion teachers, Father Martin and Mr. Brown.
“To this day, I hold and maintain the values of living a purposeful life grounded in service to others, following Christ and emulating his example, cherishing and sustaining the values of our faith and community, continuing to give and to love,” Sean said. “Father Martin and Mr. Brown provided me with the blueprint on how best to live and to enjoy life. My relationship with them served as my brightest childhood moments in elementary school.”
Sean said being provided with a Catholic education at an early age was important to his life path. In fact, his children are also set to graduate from SJS.
“I know SJS holds the same values I have: I am a product of it,” he said. “SJS, reinforced with the example Rachel and I set in our family, will put our children on the best path for life. There is not an equitable educational substitute within Hardin County or the surrounding area.”