Jade Harris is a social studies teacher at West Charlotte High School. She said she believes in her students and remembers them even after they've moved on -- especially one printed in the yearbook from 1989.
"You knew he would be leader, just not sure which capacity it would be," she said.
Harris said that as a student, Mayor Anthony Foxx was outgoing, liked a challenge and was a team player. When he became mayor, Harris was thrilled.
"I was very proud and I still am," she said.
Once the president nominated Foxx for secretary of transportation, that pride grew.
"And to know I had an opportunity to play a small part in that, that makes me really feel good," Harris said.
Harris said she has been keeping a close eye on the confirmation process. She knows the scrutiny Foxx will be under, but believes he has integrity and intelligence that will carry him through.
The mayor's moment has become a teachable moment for Harris' current West Charlotte students. It is a lesson, not just about government, but also about life.
Harris said there are future leaders in her class now and she hopes the mayor's opportunity inspires them.
"You have a legacy. You have someone who is setting a standard for you to follow. And if he can do it, you can do it also," she said.