Hideaki Tokunaga

Hideaki Tokunaga

Geometry and AP Stats


My name is Hideaki Tokunaga and I am happy to become a member of the LCS Math Department. My first passionate experience in math began with Japanese abacus or “Soroban” training while I was in elementary school. Even though the level of this tool was so elementary, many students could find square root of any number by using the Soroban. Soroban training is similar to music training because it involves kinetic repetition. Jazz Studies was my major during my college days. I started actively performing and teaching music/math in Japan, China, Germany, USA, Canada, India, Brazil and Southeast Asia.

Where did you go to school and what was your major?
California Institute of the Arts (Music Major) LAUSD Intern Program (Math Major).

What is your highest degree held?
MFA in Music, California Institute of the Arts California Teaching Credentials in Math California Teaching Credentials in Music.

Why did you want to be a teacher/work in education?
In 2005, I started working at Los Angeles Unified School District as a music teacher. During that school year, I enrolled in the District Intern Math Teacher Training. Throughout my teaching experience, I have met many students, teachers and parents who said to me, “I love Music, and Music is my Passion.” My response to them is always, “I also love Music, but Mathematics is My Passion.”

How long have you been teaching/working in education?
I have been working in K-12 system for 14 years, prior to that I was teaching jazz studies for 2 years in Japanese Music conservatory.

What is your favorite thing about LCS?
By just looking at student and teacher last names, LCS is the most diverse school I have ever been to. I have read the good reviews about LCS and am very happy to be a part of the team.