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About Monica Sain

  • I work for the College Open Textbooks Program at Foothill College as a Web Coordinator and Workshops Manager (a.k.a., "Admin. II").
  • In Fall 2010, I began working on my Master's degree in English (concentration on literature). I'm really enjoying taking pedagogy and literary theory courses, while working as a grad assistant for a wonderful professor.
  • In 2011, during my second year as an M.A. student, I am planning to work as a Teaching Associate, teaching two sections of composition.
  • I also love working as a tutor and academic coach - I just love helping those who are interested in improving their reading, writing, and grammar skills. I look forward to working with a wide range of students (K-college).


B.A., Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz

Currently working on my M.A. in English at San Jose State University

(Comment.gif: MA in English - wow - I'll have to mind my p's and q's - Randy Fisher)


Work History and Current Positions

Current Positions

Graduate Assistant, San Jose State University English Department

August 2010 – Present (3 months)

  • Creating lessons and providing occasional lectures for an upper-division English class
  • Providing guidance for students during office hours, before classes, after classes, and by appointment
  • Grading essays and exams

Self-Employed English Tutor (currently on hiatus in order to focus on other positions and studies)

March 2010 – Present (8 months)

  • I help students of all ages master writing, reading, vocabulary, and grammar. Most of all, I love creating lesson plans that help students understand concepts while encouraging them to love learning!
  • I also focus on helping students improve their study skills: how they can better retain what they learn, in addition to better managing their time.
  • (currently on hiatus in order to focus on studies and other two positions)

Workshops Manager and Web Coordinator, Open Textbooks Program at Foothill College

February 2010 – Present (9 months)

Tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Planning Open Textbook events
  • Managing Open Textbooks Ning and Google Websites
  • Editing grammar textbooks and company articles
  • Writing blogs
  • Facilitating social networking about open textbooks
  • Managing department finances

Previous Experience

KCI Coordinator/Administrative Assistant/Newsletter Editor Foothill College - Krause Center for Innovation

October 2008 – February 2010 (1 year 5 months)

  • Envisioned and implemented new operational policies and procedures for running the KCI.
  • Outcomes include reduced expenditures and increased efficiency.
  • Produced the KCI newsletter, including editing, writing, setting deadlines, and soliciting articles.
  • Lead coordinator for the KCI’s programs, responsible for timelines, delegation of tasks, and coordination of logistics.
  • Mentor for Sister to Sister, a group supporting the success of young women in college.
  • Member of a Foothill College hiring committee.

Research Assistant/Columnist - Responsible Hospitality Institute

November 2005 – May 2009 (3 years 7 months)

I wrote columns and news summaries for the company website, in addition to providing research about how to better facilitate the economic development and sociability of cities. I also helped edit and provide research for the company's Practical Guide.

Program Coordinator/Tutor - Mid-Peninsula Housing Coalition

April 2008 – June 2008 (3 months)

  • Created the summer educational curriculum
  • Tutored students aged six through 20 in various subjects, including how to write a personal statement for college admission
  • Earned the Best Summer Curriculum Idea Award during second week of work ("Create Your Own Newspaper")
  • Planned daily enrichment activities

Various positions - Prog. Coordinator, Exec. Asst., etc. - University of California, Santa Cruz

2007 – 2008 (1 year)

  • Various short-term and limited duration positions, including Event & Program Coordinator for the CfAO, Executive Assistant in the Chancellor's Office, Interim Program Manager for the CRLP, Professor's Assistant in biomolecular engineering:
  • Successfully planned and recruited students for the Workshops for Engineering and Science Transfers (WEST) program.
  • Coordinated all logistics and complex financial processes for the California Reading & Literature Program, including creating agendas, processing travel reimbursements, creating budgets, organizing catering, and designing promotional materials.
  • Edited NSF grants.

Teaching Intern (Fall Quarter 2007 Assignment) - Branciforte Middle School

October 2007 – December 2007 (3 months)

  • During my final quarter at UCSC, I worked as a teaching intern as part of my Education 180 - Intro. to Teaching class. I worked in a sixth-grade English and Social Studies class and a seventh grade AVID class.
    Duties included:
    - Assisting the teacher with grading papers
    - Facilitating group projects
    - Providing guidance for struggling students

Floater Coach/Lobby Ambassador - Cisco Systems

April 2001 – September 2005 (4 years 6 months)

  • Trained new floater receptionists, provided top-notch customer care, redesigned the Lobby Ambassador Cheat Sheet. Worked at most of the San Jose Headquarters buildings, the former Santa Cruz site, and the former Scotts Valley site.