Phone: (914) 376 8540
Degrees and Certifications:
Certification English Language Arts Professional Certification (Grades 5-9) English Language Arts Professional Certification (Grades 7-12) College Board Certification for Advanced Placement English Language and Composition, Summer 2012 College Board Certification for Advanced Placement English Literuatre and Composition, Summer 2009 Education UCLA Extenstion Program Online Advanced Placement English Language and Composition training, Summer 2012 Fordham University, New York, NY Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition training, Summer 2009 Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY Masters of Arts in Teaching, completed January 2006 Adolescent and High School English (5-12 English) GPA: 3.91 Colgate University, Hamilton, NY Bachelor of Arts, May 2003 English Literature and Theater Double Major, Cum Laude English GPA: 3.71 Theater GPA: 3.67 American University, Washington, DC Washington Capitals Program GPA: 3.85 Political Science and American History coursework, and Practical Internship
Philosophy of Teaching
It is Mr. Berkowitz-Torres' core belief that nobody is perfect, but it is our charge to reach for perfection and learn from each day. With the help of his mother, Mr. Berkowitz was able to master his learning style and understand his IEP in order to become declassified, earn Honors and Advanced Placement credits, and graduate as Salutatorian of his High School graduating class. Even after twenty years, however, Mr. Berkowitz is still learning, and every year his students help him come closer to perfection. Every year, he is given the opportunity to learn from each and every one of his "favorite students." Each student helps to pave a step in the journey of life, and Mr. Berkowitz is honored to help each one on their path to success. Education is the path; language articulates the direction. Enjoy the journey, no matter the destination!
Mr. Berkowitz-Torres (known as Mr. Berkowitz) has been an educator, tutor, and theatrican for over 20 years. After graduating from Cum Laude from Colgate University with a Double Major in English Literature and Theatrical Arts and a Minor in Education, Mr. Berkowitz returned to teach at his High School as a seventh and eighth grade Science teacher, then as a ninth grade Algebra and eighth grade Social Studies teacher for Summer School. Upon completing his Master's in the Arts in Teaching (MAT) fifth through twelfth grade English Language Arts, Mr. Berkowitz began his tenure at Lincoln High School as an English teacher of ninth grade, Century Honors Ninth, Century Honors Tenth, and Twelfth grade English. He has also worked as a SAT and ACT tutor and teacher for the Princeton Review.
After-school, Mr. Berkowitz has been the adviser for the Drama Club in both schools producing both traditional, published plays and original student works. He has also been the adviser for National Honor Society and Speech and Debate Team.
If there are any or all questions, feel free to reach me online at LBerkowitz@yonkerspublicschools.org