Goose Creek High School teacher Carla Hogue is one of three finalists for South Carolina Spanish Teacher of the Year.

The first Berkeley County School District finalist in more than a decade, she was recognized by the Berkeley County school board on Tuesday.

The award is given annually by the College of Charleston's and The Citadel's chapters of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society.

To be eligible, teachers must have at least four consecutive years teaching Spanish and submit a letter of "justification for nomination," letters of recommendation, and a resume.

Among other criteria, they are judged on innovation in teaching, extracurricular activities in spreading Spanish in the school and community, and esteem of students and co-workers.

The other finalists are teachers in Sumter and Rock Hill.

The winner will be announced during a ceremony on Nov. 10 at the College of Charleston.

The winner will receive $500 from the CĂ­rculo Hispanoamericanode Charleston.