A Brief History of Little Panda Mandarin Preschool (LPMP)
Xiaoping Johnson and her husband David Johnson founded the Durham Chinese School in January 2003. The school really expanded in numbers of enrolled students and in space from 2007-2010. In 2011, Xiaoping decided to focus on Chinese language and culture education for preschool-age children only. Therefore Durham Chinese School became LPMP. Currently, LPMP has a morning half day preschool for the spring semester and fall semester, and summer camps June to August with morning half day and full day options.
Yan Zhang, PhD
Teacher and Director
A native Mandarin Chinese language speaker, Yan received her BS and PhD in China and came to the US with her husband who is a post-doctoral research fellow in Duke University. Yan loves children and wants to pursue a career in early childhood education. Yan owns and operates LPMP from January 2016. She is determined to do her best to run a high quality preschool to serve the local communities. Yan is currently taking an “Early Childhood Education” course at Durham Tech. Yan and her husband live in Durham with their son and daughter. Yan enjoys reading and playing with her kids outdoors.