At South Hills High School in Fort Worth, Amy Cox is teaching more than government. She is one of 3 teachers of the school's first ever student leadership class.

"They are the best at our campus," says Cox. "We want to give back to our community both in our school and around our school. These kids are the best of our kids."

Cox's desire to nurture leaders stems from her love of government. Before stepping into the classroom, she worked for State Representatives Bill Zedler and Vicki Truitt.

"I had had enough of the political scene. I wanted to teach others, so that they could make a difference in the community."

Now Amy Cox is making a difference in hundreds of young North Texas lives.

"She motivates us," says senior Yulic Barrientos. "Whenever somebody tells you something like that you thrive off that, and our self esteem grows."

Many students, like Cheer Captain Jennifer Jaber, count on her smile.

"Even when something was not the happiest moment in the world, she was smiling. She brings out a smile in you too," says Jaber.

Amy Cox was nominated for Class Act because of her dedication to her students inside and out of the classroom. She is the head cheerleading coach at South Hills High. Since she took over the squad, school spirit has grown at the campus.

Students, like Selina Lopez, say the student body had little school spirit before Amy Cox came along.

"The kids here are just like the kids everywhere else. We do work hard for everything. We have worked hard to help the school have a better reputation."

Cox admits teaching teens can be a challenge, but she says it's all about the approach.

"Build the relationships first, because once the kids know that you care about them they'll listen to whatever you have to tell them."