Welcome Back! Let's go on an adventure!


    THIS THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 2021,

    FROM 4-6PM!

    If you wish to schedule an appointment with Mr. Berkowitz-Torres, please send me an e-mail (LBerkowitz@yonkerspublicschools.org) with the best time to meet this Thursday!

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  • ALL CLASSES WILL MEET THROUGH Microsoft Teams (MS Teams)

    Period 1 (7:35-8:20): ELA 10 [Tenth Grade English]

    Period 2 (8:26-9:10): CL-AP12 [College Link Lit.]

    Period 3 (9:17-10): Schedule Meetings

    Period 4 (10:05- 10:55): ELA 11 [Eleventh Grade English]

    Period 5 (11:00-11:46): Professional Development

    Period 6 (11:50-12:35): Lunch

    Period 7 (12:41-1:27): ELA 10 [Tenth Grade English]

    Period 8 (1:32- 2:15): ELA 10 [Tenth Grade English]

  • Welcome back! Already, this year has been like no other year as we begin this year with REMOTE LEARNING. 

    Teachers are eternal students. Though I am more experienced with Zoom and Google Classroom, I will be using Microsoft Teams  as my primary mode of instruction. 

    - I will be available through the Yonkers Public School's email: 


    - In case of an emergency, I am also availabe through Gmail:


    Remember, all passwords have been reset.

    ID- Your log-in identification is your 6-digit student number followed by @yonkerspublicschools.org

    (For example: 858646@yonkerspublichschools.org)

    Password- Your reset password is your 8-digit birthday: month/date/year

    (If your birthday is August 18, 2003, your temporary password is 08182003)

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  • SOPHOMORES: To the Sophomore/tenth grade class of 2021:

    Please send me a letter introducing yourself detailing... 

    • An introduction:WHO ARE YOU?
    • An explanation: HOW HAS LIFE CHANGED FOR YOU SINCE MARCH 12, 2020?
    • An explanation: WHAT MATTERS MOST TO YOU? 

    It is unfair to hold you all to the original due dates. 

     Equally, everyone can and must submit the two assignments regarding the nonfiction texts about the Olympic Games.



    Friday, September 11, 2020, please submit vocabulary work on the 4 texts about Hosting the Olympics. 

    Ω Directions: Look at the model on page 5 of the summer packet for directions

    1. In all FOUR of these texts/documents on "Hosting the Olympics Games," you will identify 5 words that you do not know or feel uncertain about. I ONLY WANT 5 WORDS IN TOTAL FOR ALL 4 DOCUMENTS- NOT 20 WORDS!
    2. For each unfamiliar/unknown word..

    - List the text it was in: document 1, 2, 3, or 4

    - List the line of the text

    - Copy the sentence that used the word

    - Copy the sentence BEFORE the sentence that used the “new” word

    - Copy the sentence AFTER the sentence that used the “new” word

    - Find the word’s part of speech: noun, verb, adjective, adverb

    - Write the word’s definition in your own words

     ∆ For help pronouncing and saying the word, go to forvo.com – you’ll be amazed to see how you might have heard some of these words before.

    ∆ I am grading this assignment based on whether you follow directions. You will send me this document.



    Monday, September 14, 2020, please submit your annotations on the 4 texts about Hosting the Olympics. 

    ∆ Goal- I want to see how you comprehend and take notes on a nonfiction text

    Ω Directions: Write on each of the texts any notes about that text/document/article- main ideas, questions, important quotes, writing strategies, your opinions.

    ∆ I am NOT grading this assignment. I will ask you to send me photos of these annotations.  Be sure to answer the two questions at the end of each text.



    Upon our return, we will discuss the impact of the reading logs regarding Laurie Halsey Anderson’s Speak or S.E. Hinton’s That Was Then, This is Now.

    We will discuss the due dates for these reading logs once we return. Many will need more time.

    Attached, you will find the original document regarding the summer assignments. Original 2020 ELA Summer Assignment


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Mr. Berkowitz-Torres (aka Mr. Berkowitz)

Phone: (914) 376-8540


Degrees and Certifications:

New York State Teacher's Certification • Professional: 9-12 English and Language Arts Education • Professional: 5-7 English and Language Arts Education College Board Certification • Advanced Placement (AP) English Literature and Composition • Advanced Placement (AP) English Language and Composition Degrees/Training • UCLA Online Extension Courses, Summer 2012 College Board AP English Language and Composition Training • Fordham University, Bronx, NY, Summer 2009 College Board AP English Literature and Composition Training • Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY (2004-2005) Master's Degree in the Arts of Teaching (MAT) Adolescent and Secondary English Education with a focus in Literacy • Colgate University, Hamilton, NY (1998-2002) Bachelor's Degree in Arts and Sciences (BA), Cum Laude Double Major of English Literature and Theatrical Studies with course work in Political Science and Education

Mr. Berkowitz-Torres (aka Mr. Berkowitz)

 Mr. Berkowitz-Torres' Teaching Philosophy

Each student is my favorite student, because there is only one of YOU! And every day we grow and try to make our lives that much more perfect. We are all perfectly imperfect trying to be the best version of ourselves that we can. Mistakes and failures are merely steps on the journey to success.

As an educator, as an adult, as a human being, it is my job to help you along this constantly changing odyssey. I have been fortunate to have many teachers help me grow from a student with an IEP to earning Honors and Advanced Placement credits to graduating as Salutatorian of my High School graduating class. I look forward to helping you grow just as I look froward to learning from each of you, my favorite students. 

Curriculum Vitae

Teacher, tutor, coach, advocate, theatrician, director, writer, son, husband, and now father, I have been fortunate to complete many roles to the benefit of others. I began as a tutor while attendng Woodlands High School. Upon graduation, I graduated Cum Laude from Colgate University with a Double Major Bachelor's Degree (BA) in English Literature and Theatrical Arts and a Minor in Education. There, I was a member to many theater organizations and directed over eight productions in 4 years. Upon earning my BA, I returned to my old 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, I began my tenure in the Yonkers Public Schools at Lincoln High School as an English teacher of ninth grade, Century Honors Ninth, Century Honors Tenth, and Twelfth grade English. After seven years, I transitioned into my current position at Yonkers Montessori Academy (YMA) teaching High School English for ninth, tenth, and College Link/Advanced Placement English and Comp. Literature. I have also worked as a SAT and ACT tutor and teacher for the Princeton Review. 

After-school, I have been the adviser for the Drama Club in both schools producing both traditional, published plays and original student works. I have 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