Our Philosophy

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and Care Provider

What's the Hurry?

Young children are in a critical period of spoken language development from birth to age six. Most adult conversational language is in place by the age of six. Children naturally strive to learn language in their own environment during this critical  development stage. Exposure to sounds and tones in a second language would benefit children immensely in brain development and sets the stage for future learning opportunities. Chinese is unique with having four tones for each syllable with up to four meanings. Many adult learners struggle to master these tones, but young children can easily absorb and learn the intonation. Starting your child early will help “train” their ears in order to build the foundation for future language development.

At Philadelphia Chinese Academy, we firmly believe in effortless and fun bilingual education for children. This is why we start our weekend program with babies and after school programs with kindergartners! Kids before the age of six are eager linguistic geniuses and the sooner they start, the easier language learning will become. The launch of our preschool in 2020 will stay true to our philosophy. With our group of highly qualified native Mandarin Chinese educators and a set of specially designed teaching curriculum, learning will be fun, dynamic and effective.  

Our Staff


Dale You

Co-Founder, Director

In her role with PCA, Dale ensures that the school runs well and our students have a beautiful as well as nurturing environment to learn. Dale is mom to Ollie and Evie. Dale’s own parents nurtured her cultural and language ties to China after immigrating to Boston when she was 10 years old. She graduated from Wellesley College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations. Before she discovered her passion for language education of children, Dale worked for decades in finance and real estate all over the world with multinational corporations including Morgan Stanley and Tishman Speyer and managed over $5 billion of capital for institutional investors worldwide. Before starting her family in Philadelphia, Dale worked in China, Hong Kong, India, South Korean, United Kingdom and the United State. She managed 15+ million square feet of real estate development space around the world. In her role as a senior finance executive, Dale saw firsthand the value that understanding Chinese culture and language brings to her professional and personal life. In 2014, when her first child was born, Dale combed the Philadelphia area for a place where her own children can receive Mandarin language instruction. Frustrated at the lack of quality programming, she decided to launch Philadelphia Chinese Academy in 2018 with co-founder Peggy Liu.  Dale loves cooking soups, marinades, rubs and sauces!

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Peggy Liu

Co-Founder, Education Director

In her role with PCA, Peggy designs our curriculum and leads our teachers on providing engaging as well as age appropriate interactions with our students. Peggy is mom to Amelia. She grew up in China and received a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Chinese Linguistics and Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language. She moved to New York with her husband and received her dual Master’s Degree in TESOL and Teaching Chinese a Foreign Language from New York University. Currently, Peggy is pursuing her PhD in Chinese immersion education for children at the University of Pennsylvania. Peggy taught at various Mandarin immersion schools in Boston and New York prior to working on her doctorate degree. As a firm believer of language immersion education, Peggy puts a lot of effort into developing engaging language lessons where students not only learn Mandarin, but also math, science, social studies, arts and music. Peggy loves playing the piano, reading, and spending time with her family. 

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Hong Zhou

Lead Teacher, Montessori Education Director

Hong is the lead Montessori teacher for our early childhood program.  Hong holds a Master’s degree in Sciences of Education from the University Lumiere Lyon-II in France and her B.A. in French Language and Literature from Shanghai International Studies University in China. Additionally, Hong holds a Montessori Certification is from Chestnut Hill College. She is a Pennsylvania State Certified teacher and is fluent in Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese and Chaozhou dialects) and French. Hong has been working with young children since she was in college in Shanghai, then in Lyon. A Montessorian and a devoted mother of two Montessori graduates, Hong has been a classroom teacher since 2008. She taught at Bala House Montessori School as a lead teacher for 6 years prior to joining PCA.    

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Violet Zhang

Music Teacher

Violet is our music teacher and she develops original Mandarin children's songs and dance activities for our school. She plays the piano, fluent, guitar, ukulele, and bass. Violet grew up in China and completed her bachelor’s degree in Music Education at Zhejiang Conservatory of Music, one of the top conservatories in China. She started her life long passion for music when she was only 2 years old with her mother and then began her formal music training on the piano when she was 4 years old. Violet's mother is a primary school teacher in China who loves guiding young minds and is an inspiration to Violet's professional life. Violet received her Master's Degree in Music Education from Temple University's Boyer School of Music and Dance. Violet's teaching philosophy is that music and movement are effective mediums for children to acquire new language as well as develop their overall cognitive abilities. Violet loves cooking and photography.

1732 Brandywine Street
First Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19130

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