2011 Golden Apples: Golden Gate Middle teacher strikes up the band in winning

John Rosbottom, a music teacher at Golden Gate Middle School, celebrates with his students after being named one of six Golden Apple Teachers by the Education Foundation of Collier County on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011. Grag Kahn/ Staff

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John Rosbottom, a music teacher at Golden Gate Middle School, celebrates with his students after being named one of six Golden Apple Teachers by the Education Foundation of Collier County on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011. Grag Kahn/ Staff

2011 Golden Apple Awards

Six Collier County teachers honored

Editor’s note: This is a profile on one of the six 2011 Golden Apple winners in Collier County.

John Rosbottom

Teaches: Band at Golden Gate Middle School

Teaching experience: 13 years

What does the Golden Apple mean to you? “It’s really exciting. It means the community has come in ... and they have liked what they have seen. And they appreciate music education. It also reflects all of the great things going on in this school.”

John Rosbottom was leading his students through band practice when he was surprised with his Golden Apple.

“It’s just a normal Thursday and this happens,” he said after accepting the award. “Thank you all. Thank you for recognizing all of the wonderful things (my students) are doing.”

Rosbottom, who conducted his students to play a song for their visitors after getting his award, said he knows that in 20 years the students playing clarinet and trumpet before him might not be musicians, but the lessons from his classroom will endure.

“The discipline and the persistence they learn from playing music will pay off in the long run,” he said.

Assistant Principal George Harvey, a Golden Apple teacher himself, said no one deserves the award more than Rosbottom.

“It’s a great day. Not as great as when I won my Apple, but it is a great day,” Harvey joked.

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