I would like to nominate my band director, Keith Gilson, for the Golden Apple Award. Mr. Gilson is an outstanding teacher. He has been my music teacher since I have been in 6th grade, and now it's time for me to show Mr. Gilson how much I appreciate all he has done for me, as well as everyone else he has ever had in his classes.
Mr. Gilson makes it a point to be fair and consistent with everything he does. He doesn't just teach music in his classes, he teaches us how to be better people with his, "life lessons." These lessons aren't just because he doesn't want to teach us or conduct; he cares about us outside of school, and tells us these things so we can make the best path possible in the future. He said a quote one day in class a few years ago, "If you're going to make a mistake make it loud," this has stuck with me ever since then. Some other teachers may end their relationship with a student at their classroom door, but Mr. Gilson cares about what's going on with his students outside of school. If anyone of his students, or anyone in the school, has a problem outside of the school he will sit down with them and listen to them and offer his best advice.
Having a bad day? No problem, Mr. Gilson will for sure make it better. He will see that you are having a bad day and crack a few of his band jokes that aren't really funny, but they will put a smile on your face anyway. Mr. Gilson is always joking around with his students and making people have fun. Another one of his life lessons, "There's a time to have fun, but a time to be serious," in his classes he has a good balance of fun and seriousness.
During marching band season, he has tons of paper work to do, but he tries to put as much aside as he can so he can be out on he field helping the students, and bettering the experience. If we have a practice at noon, he will be there by eleven getting everything ready and set for the band to go.
He has to manage five bands throughout the year; marching band, concert band, jazz band, orchestra, and chorus. With managing these bands comes paperwork, and dedication. Teachers that teach other subjects teach one or two different things in a year, Mr. Gilson teaches up to three different classes a day. When class starts he is up and ready to conduct the songs, and help individuals if they are having trouble with a part. When ever he has free time in school he has told his students they are able to come to the band room and they could have private lessons there with him, normal private lessons cost anywhere from 15-20 dollars for only 30 minutes, and he of giving them out for free.
When any of his students get accepted to districts he does anything he can to help them get as far as they can. Almost every day in tutorial last year I would go down to work on district music, and he would be right there helping and showing me what to do better. If the director at districts would give us a break, Mr. Gilson would be right there to talk to us and ask how we were doing and see if we were alright.
In conclusion, Mr. Gilson would be an amazing pick for the Golden Apple Award. He dedicates all of his time and effort into the band. With all of his "Life lessons" and advice he has thought me, as well as everybody else in his classes how to live a successful and meaningful life. Having his class 5 out of the 6 years I've been in band has definitely been worth it. This is my way of telling him how much I appreciate how much he has done for me.
Fort LeBoeuf Senior