Words Take Wing People


Words Take Wing committee stands in Mondavi Center lobby with author Thanhhà Lại​

Committee Co-Chairs

Dr. Nancy Tseng is an Associate Professor of Teaching in Education and Bilingual Coordinator–Mandarin in the School of Education at UC Davis. She joined the Words Take Wing committee in Fall 2016. She began her career in education as a public elementary school teacher. Dr. Tseng received a BA in psychology, elementary teaching credential, and MA from the University of California, Davis. She has a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Dr. Chantal Mace has been a Lecturer/Supervisor in the UC Davis School of Education Multiple Subject Credential program since 2017, and has 16 years of experience as a classroom teacher, most recently as a reading specialist. She earned her BA in comparative literature and multiple subject teaching credential from UC Davis, and her doctorate from St. Mary’s College. Chantal served on the Words Take Wing committee in its first few years, returning in 2020. She became a committee co-chair in 2024.

Committee Members

Sara Anderson

Laura Dubcovsky

Dr. Joanne Galli-Banducci, Retired Lecturer/Supervisor, Multiple Subject Credential, UC Davis School of Education

Rebecca Hachmyer

Sharon Hallberg

Christie Hamm

Sandi Redenbach

Rebecca Rosa, Lecturer/Supervisor, Social Science Credential, UC Davis School of Education


The School of Education’s Words Take Wing: Honoring Diversity in Children’s Literature program was established by Joanne Banducci, EdD, in 2004; she served as the program’s chair until retiring in 2024. Committee member Wendy Chason served as co-chairperson from 2015-2021.

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