SAN ANTONIO -- In the Alamo Heights Independent School District, the difference one fifth grade teacher makes at Woodridge Elementary really adds up.
Shawn Simpson works every day to build student confidence in math.
"Math was pretty good [before], but now I really like it," said fifth grader Anderson Boggess.
"Before, I was kind of not very excited about math. Now, I think I'm going to like it a lot more," said fifth grader Thea Carter.
The change in attitude is all because of Simpson's passion for math and teaching, something he came to a little later in life.
"I started out in the business world, and to me, that was just a paycheck," said Simpson.
He wanted to make a difference, and there was no question where.
"I think you need to reach the kids when they're young," said Simpson.
This is his 19th year in the classroom, all of them at Woodridge Elementary.
"Mr. Simpson is wonderful. He's a hard math teacher. He'll push you to the limits so you can be great, so you can be successful," said fifth grader Tavia Gaston.
To help them become successful, Simpson tutors four mornings a week before school and every day during lunch.
"I want them to have a love for math. I want them to have a love for learning. I want them to know their potential," said Simpson.
He helps them understand why math is important.
"I try to bring in real life examples. When we're talking about personal finances, believe it or not, fifth grade is now responsible for that as well. I talk about taxes. I talk about the taxes I have to pay," he said.
"He's just an amazing teacher," said Boggess.
Simpson's impact on children multiplies every year.
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