Mr. Tomokazu Morikawa is a native speaker of Japanese, educated in Japan as well as in the United States. After several years of working for a large advertising corporation in Japan, he decided to change his career and pursue a pathway of teaching to secondary level students. He started his teaching career with the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) over 20 years ago and is currently teaching at George Washington High School.
His main interest is cross-cultural relations between Americans and Japanese, particularly in the fields of education and business. He has created curricula with thematic and interdisciplinary approaches that promote the values of interculturality and empathy for students. He has developed international expedition programs for students and have established sister school relationships with high schools in Osaka, Miyazaki, Sendai and Ehime while collaborating projects with high schools in Fukui in Japan.
He is a moderator for the AP Japanese Language and Culture Teacher Community by the College Board. He also serves as a board member of the Japanese American Association of Northern California and other local organizations in San Francisco. He has created curriculum, lesson plans and projects for Asian Art Museum, College Board and the SFUSD. He has given workshops and presentations locally and regionally.
He is the recipient of numerous national and regional awards including the Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Award, the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award by the California Language Teachers’ Association, the San Francisco Mayor’s Teacher of the Year and the Teacher Award by the American Association of Teachers of Japanese.
The May 2016 Breeze, a monthly newsletter by Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, features an article about him. https://www.jflalc.org/pub-breeze103-jleu30