Robert C. Dodson School Title I Reading Specialist (Grades 1 - 5)

Phone: (914) 376-8159


Degrees and Certifications:

Iona College Bachelor Of Science, Magna Cum Laude Lehman College Master of Science in Education in Reading NYS Permanent Teacher Certification: Elementary Teacher Pre-K-6 Reading Teacher Pre-K-12

Ms. Linda Yarrobino-LaPorta


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Attention Parents!


Please join us for a virtual Title I Parent workshop on Friday, March 5, 2021 at 8:00A.M.


The Topic is: An Overview of NYS Assessments


Please see the Link below:

Time: Mar 5, 2021 08:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 820 8226 5321
Passcode: FHN8vv

Welcome to my page! 

 Dear Students and Families,

I hope everyone had a relaxing, restful summer!

 I am very excited for the start of the 2020-2021 school year here at Robert C. Dodson!  I am starting my 20th year in Yonkers as a Title I Reading Teacher.    I taught at both Eugenio Maria de Hostos and Cesar E. Chavez Schools.  Previous to that, I was a 5th grade teacher for four years in NYC public schools. 

We will be using Microsoft Teams as our Distance Learning platform this year.  All students will start virtually on Tuesday, September 8, then move to the Hybrid Model in October.   I will be teaching my Title I students using the new Reading Program, Benchmark.  More information to follow!

I can't wait to see you all soon.  Stay well and remember to please read each night!  If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to e-mail me at:


Wishing everyone a healthy, happy school year!


 ***Title I Reading Groups, Grades 3,5, and 6: 

Benchmark Universe (Clever) will be used to access all Title I Reading assignments.

 To log on to Clever click here:  CLEVER

Remember, students must use their 6-digit ID and use their date of birth mm/dd /yyyy (example 08/09/2020) as the password. 

Below is a short video and directions on how to access your assignments through Benchmark Universe, you will find the Benchmark Universe App on Clever after you have logged-in:

 2-6 Advance/ Adelante Student - How to access activities assigned to you in Benchmark Universe:


Microsoft Teams will be used for daily live instruction/classes with each Title I Reading group, please see the Hybrid Learning Schedule.

To log on to Microsoft Teams click here: Microsoft Teams 


 ***The Digital Library is now open, click on the GREAT Sites to Listen to Stories/Digital Library and GREAT Online Books Read by Famous People Tabs to find books on your reading level.   There is an entire selection of online books that you may listen to or read on your own!***


Please check out my Books tab, I created intercative audio recordings on the Record it! App, as well as suggested activities students can work on at home for the following books:
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst (Grades 2-4)
Curious George Visits the Library by Margaret & H.A. Rey's (Grades 1&2)
I hope students enjoy listening to these stories:)
***To all my Robert C. Dodson Parents:
Please check out my Just for Parents Tab (English & Spanish), there is a wealth of information on how to help your child at home.   Also, click on the Finding "Just the Right Books" for your Child Tab to help you select the appropriate book with your child.***   Hope this is helpful, be well and stay safe.


 "There is more treasure in books than in all the Pirate's loot on Treasure Island"- Walt Disney