MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WALA) – The state Board of Education on Thursday honored this year’s teachers of the year – including three from the Mobile area.

Carolina Behel, an English language development teacher at Florence Elementary School in Florence, won top honors. The state board commemorated her achievement, along with the finalists from each of the eight school board districts.

For District I in south Alabama, those finalists were Saraland Elementary School teacher Scott Parks and Spanish Fort High School teacher Kathy Hughes were the finalists from District 1 in south Alabama.

Hughes, who is the choir director at Spanish Fort High, has been teaching for almost 38 years. That includes the entire time Spanish Fort High has been in existence. She expressed gratitude after receiving her certificate. .

“I’m totally honored. Disbelief, and it’s such a privilege, because so many wonderful people that I’ve met, wonderful teachers,” she told FOX10 News. “And it’s just a delight to be part of this. And to know that teachers are important in the state of Alabama. And it’s wonderful. It’s just been wonderful.”

In addition to those two finalists, the state board also recognized Baldwin County High School’s Caroline Valentino as the state’s health educator of the year.

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