About Us

Meet the Team
    • Peng Zeng
      Founder & President

      Peng Zeng

      Founder & President

      Peng has been a teacher, consultant, and voice actor of Mandarin Chinese. She has over 10 years of experience in all aspects of Chinese language education for children age 3-18 in the States. In 2008, she encountered the Reggio Emilia and Montessori approaches to education, both of which value children’s inborn ability to learn and to create as well as children’s interaction with adults and the environment. She was fascinated by the extraordinary growth and development that children experienced under Reggio Emilia and Montessori education. The birth of her daughter, Efemena, heightened her research interest in the two approaches. She has since actively participated in various workshops, courses, and conferences on Reggio Emilia and Montessori education.
      The creation of Playlingual is her attempt to integrate Reggio Emilia and Montessori approaches to foreign language education for young children. She believes children can grow their interest and develop their language skills through hands-on and interactive activities in a nurturing environment, and with adults who not only speak the target language but also understand children’s individual learning needs.
      Peng Zeng was previously director of the children and youth program at a major Chinese language and culture institution in NYC. She holds a BA in English from Beijing Foreign Studies University in China and an MA in Pacific International Affairs with a focus on China from University of California, San Diego. She was also trained in New York University Steinhardt School in teaching foreign language to elementary school students.

    • Crystal Elmore
      Curriculum Advisor

      Crystal Elmore

      Curriculum Advisor

      Crystal is a 2nd grade teacher at The Co-op School in Bed-stuy, Brooklyn, a private school focusing on providing an inquiry-based, Reggio-inspired education approach. She has taught 3rd grade in both Florida and Brooklyn public schools, and has studied and worked in Europe and Asia. She also worked as program manager of a children’s program at a major Chinese language and culture institution in NYC. She has a BA in Elementary Education, an MA in International Education, and she is currently attending a Master of Education program in Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University.

    • Wen Shi
      Teacher

      Wen Shi

      Teacher

      Wen is a 4th grade teacher in a Chinese-English dual language public school in Brooklyn. Prior to that, she spent two years working with 1st-3rd grade Chinese-English bilingual children in NYC public schools. She also worked with 1st-3rd grade students in a Mandarin Chinese after-school program focusing on an inquiry-based science curriculum. Wen holds an M.A. in Bilingual/Bicultural Childhood Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Before she came to the U.S., she also lived in Japan and taught Mandarin Chinese to Chinese heritage children in a local Chinese association in Tokyo.