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.
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.