Carlos L Takashima : Program Coordinator (Northeast L.A.)

Carlos L Takashima

Program Coordinator (Northeast L.A.)

Carlos is from Los Angeles, has a BA in Geography/Environmental Studies from UCLA, and is bilingual in Spanish and English. He is also TESOL certified. Prior to his promotion as Program Coordinator, he had been an instructor for all levels at LSI - South Bay for about 4 years. He spent two years teaching in Japan, first at a language school and next as an instructor in the JET program. In addition, he taught in China for a summer.

Quote: "I enjoy the opportunity to work with a talented group of faculty and staff. I also love working with students from all over the world that teach me something new everyday. Being a Program Coordinator is a job that presents different challenges always; you're constantly developing and learning. Working for Language Systems is fun!"

Sylvia Sunada : Program Coordinator ( South Bay)

Sylvia Sunada

Program Coordinator ( South Bay)

Sylvia is from Los Angeles and has a BA in Communications from UC San Diego. After graduation, Sylvia spent one year teaching in Shanghai, China. She was a teacher for all ESL levels and components at LSI – South Bay starting in 2007. In 2010, Sylvia was promoted to the position of Program Coordinator at the South Bay school. Sylvia is interested in different languages and has studied Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese.

Quote: "Working in such a dynamic, multicultural environment has been the best way to learn about our world. My experience with LSI has been priceless! My goal is to make sure that students feel the same way."

Serhat Arslan : School's Manager (Downtown L.A.)

Serhat Arslan

School's Manager (Downtown L.A.)

Serhat is from Samsun, Turkey. He is fluent in Turkish and English. He started as a Foreign Student Advisor in LSI – DTLA in 2012 and was promoted to the position of Office Manager in 2015.

Quote: "I love the ambiance and really admire the passionate teachers and staff here. Students are eager to learn English and enjoy the diverse environment and programs this school has to offer.
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Ligia Andersen : Program Coordinator (Downtown L.A.)

Ligia Andersen

Program Coordinator (Downtown L.A.)

Ligia was born in Seattle, Washington and grew up in Brazil; she is bilingual in Portuguese and English and earned her BA degree in English in Brazil. Ligia has 20 years of ESL teaching experience and about 10 years of school management and teacher training experience. She taught ESL for 10 years in Brazil and also managed a school for 4 years before moving to Los Angeles. At LSI LA, Ligia started her career in 2002 as an ESL teacher and was quickly promoted from teacher to head teacher, then to Assistant Program Coordinator and finally to Program Coordinator in 2007.

Quote: "It is very rewarding to see the smiles on students’ faces when they realize how much they have improved their English skills and when they achieve their goals at our school! Our methodology works and we take teaching ESL and test preparation seriously. We have a strong program, highly qualified teachers, and a wonderful staff. That is why I have been part of the LSI team for so many years and why I am so proud of what we have to offer."

Rika Tokuda : School's Manager (Northeast L.A.)

Rika Tokuda

School's Manager (Northeast L.A.)

Rika is originally from Japan, but grew up and attended school in the United States, so she is bilingual in Japanese and English. Rika has been part of the LSI family since 2004.

Quote: "I like working here because you get to meet different people from different countries trying to find and pursue their dreams. It makes me happy knowing that I get to help and be apart of their success."

Luciana Teixeira Lovera : School's Manager (Orange County)

Luciana Teixeira Lovera

School's Manager (Orange County)

Luciana is from Porto Alegre, Brazil. She speaks Portuguese and English. She started out working at LSI – Torrance in January 2001 and was promoted to the position of Office Manager at LSI – OC in 2008.

Quote: "To be able to work with students from different cultures is very rewarding. You are constantly learning."

Michelle Buell : Academic Director

Michelle Buell

Academic Director

Michelle is from Seattle, Washington and has an MA in International Studies from the University of Washington. She taught ESL for over 12 years, including TOEFL. She has been in the ESL field for over 20 years training other teachers, developing curriculum and managing academic programs. She taught ESL in Japan for two and a half years.

Quote: "As Academic Director, I have the pleasure of visiting each Language Systems' campus every week as part of my responsibilities. I love meeting students from all over the world and learning about other countries and cultures. I'm also interested in working with the Program Coordinators and faculty in creating programs that will help students fulfill their goals in English."

Ty Mussack : Program Coordinator (Orange County)

Ty Mussack

Program Coordinator (Orange County)

Ty Mussack is originally from Southern California and graduated with a BA degree in Biblical Studies from Biola University. As a student, Ty spent time in China and is fluent in Chinese. He has over 10 years of experience teaching ESL and training other ESL teachers. In addition, Ty taught for two years in South Korea. Finally, Ty has taught at LSI – OC since 2006 and has been Program Coordinator since 2009.

Quote: "When I lived in China, Korea, and Thailand, I made local friends and they introduced me to their history, language, and culture. Working at LSI gives me a chance to do the same thing for our international students. I love it! "