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Meet Our Team

Integrity, accountability, and leadership are the main principles underlying the work of LSI's Academic Department.

Get to know Language Systems

The Academic Department at Language Systems is dedicated to providing challenging courses to our student body in a supportive environment.  Education with quality is what we care  about the most.

Hugh Kingston

Program Director

Rika Tokuda

School's Manager

Michelle Buell

Academic Director

Bhumika Chettiar

Program Coordinator

Carlos 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 every day. Being a Program Coordinator is a job that presents different challenges always; you’re constantly developing and learning. Working for Language Systems is fun!”

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