With a doctorate in curriculum and instruction/reading, I have a strong background in education with several content specializations. I am certified by the State of Texas as a reading specialist and a master reading teacher. I have also successfully taught math and science in the public school. While serving in these capacities, I was part of the Educational Service Center Region XII Collaborative for Excellence in Science Teaching, a Teaching American History Fellow at Baylor University, as well as serving on several math curriculum committees. In addition to content area specialization, I have gained endorsements from the state of Texas in ESL and Gifted and Talented Education. I have a strong teaching background with over 20 years of classroom experience in the middle grades. I have taught specialized subjects (math and science), self-contained classrooms, pullout programs that include services for students gifted and talented, ESL, and at-risk students. My commitment to outstanding teaching is evident by earning National Board certification as a generalist in middle childhood (grades 4-8).
Currently, I am a fulltime associate professor of education at McLennan College. In addition to teaching, my responsibilities include placing and monitoring students in field placements.
I am a Senior Contributing Faculty member at Walden University. I teach doctoral seminars in curriculum, instruction, and assessment in an online format as well as chair and serve on doctoral study committees. In the past, I served as an adjunct instructor for Northcentral University, University of Texas at Arlington, and Tarleton State University through the University Center at MCC where I taught undergraduate courses that addressed Children's literature, reading in the content areas, math/science methods, ESL in the classroom, and assessment.
EDDD 8102 - Promoting the Success of Diverse Learners
EDPD 8064 - Literacy Interventions for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations
EdD, Baylor University
MEd, Baylor University
BS, Baylor University
Awards / Honors
Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society, , 1999
Regional Collaborative for Excellence in Science, , 2001
Teaching American History Fellow, Baylor University, , 2006
Focarile, D. (2014). Diverse Learners and their Needs. McLennan Community College
Focarile, D. (2016). Engaging Students in the College Classroom. McLennan Community College
Focarile, D. (2013). Emotional Intelligence. McLennan Community College