Chi Io Sono

Chi Io Sono, Who Am I?

This site was created in the Fall 2018, originally due to a class assignment. It has since turned into a database for me (Andrew Scordo) to compile all Encounters: lessons, thoughts, and travels. The site works as a record of the past, both personally (writings and travels), and of our collective story. As I grow (and learn about myself and the world) so does the site—keeping track of the path and progression.

My future is driven on two absolutes:

First, travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer.  Through the discomfort of traveling alone, outside my comfort zone, I have grown.  This path of continued discomfort (pressure) will either inevitably mold a person into a diamond or cause them to burst.

“When I have been truly searching for my treasure, I’ve discovered things alone the way that I never would have seen had I not the courage to try things that seemed impossible for a shepherd to achieve.”  Santiago, The Alchemist

Second, that education is the way to lasting peace, both within an individual and in the world.  As Gandhi stated, “If you want real peace in the world, start with children.”  Maria Montessori iterates the same importance in her life as an international teacher , “Establishing lasting peace is the work of education.”

After graduating from VCU, and obtaining a Teaching English as a Foreign Language Certificate (TEFL), I set my sights on teaching throughout Asia and the Middle East; first step, teaching at a kindergarten in China.

WORK EXPERIENCE

Foreign Homeroom Teacher, Wesley Kindergarten School, Binjiang, Hangzhou, China August 2019-Present

Manage classroom, lesson plan, instruct daily lesson: circle time, Unit of Inquiry, improve English language skills through song, dance, reading and repetition practice.

Summer Inspector/Tenant Coordinator, Rocktown Realty, Harrisonburg, VA May 2019-August 2019

Accept payments from owners and tenants, receive renting questions, customer service

Achievement Coach, Higher Achievement, Richmond, VA November 2018-May 2019

Instructed study hall session, assisted in elective hour, and supervised scholars in daily activities

Tutor, Tutor Doctor, Richmond, VA October 2018-January 2019

Improved study habits; time management, motivation, path guidance, and school work.

Buser, Tulsi Indian Cuisine, Richmond, VA August 2018-October 2018

Assisted in filling clients water glasses, removing dirty dishes, cleaning tables, & food run

Summer Middle School Teacher, Higher Achievement, Richmond, VA June 2018-August 2018

Instructed science lesson plans for two grade levels, encouraged youth development, supervised field trips, college trip.

English Language Teacher, Real English School, Viterbo, Italy January 2018-May 2018

Conducted weekly lesson plans, English language concepts; American based content. Prepared students for ESL Exam.

Server, Firebirds Wood-Fire Grill, Richmond, VA, August 2017-December 2017

Served three-five table sections, day and night, prep and clean up, fine dining and alcohol, customer service

Return AgentEnterprise Rent-A-Car, Richmond, VA, November 2016-March 2017

Rental car return agent, customer service, car external inspection

Administrative Assistant-Receptionist, Rocktown Realty, Harrisonburg, VA, July 2012-May 2016

Managed cash deposits, account ledger, front desk, maintenance, customer service, software training

Deli Line Cook-Server, Macados, Harrisonburg, VA, October 2013-April 2016

Opened, closed restaurant kitchen, food preparation, grill, fryer training, customer service, alcohol service

Front-End Loader, Lowes, Harrisonburg, VA, May 2014-January 2015

Load, weight barrier assistant, parking lot cart shepherd, backline utility assistant

 Cashier/Cold Side Deli Cook, Mr. J’s Bagels, Harrisonburg, VA August 2009-March 2010

Managed cash payments, customer service, closed front-end

EDUCATION

International TEFL Academy (TEFL), Chicago, IL

TEFL/TESOL Certificate, Teaching English as a foreign language, 170 Hours, May 2019

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Richmond, VA

B.A. in History & Int’l Studies, in European Studies, Minor in Italian & Religious Studies

Global Education Certificate Peace Corps PrepMay 2019, GPA: 3.53

Tuscia University, Viterbo, Italy, January 2018-May 2018 (Study Abroad)

Blue Ridge Community College, Weyers Cave, VA May 2013-May 2016

Associates Degree General Degree: May 2016, GPA: 2.7

West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV August 2010-May 2012

General Studies, GPA: 1.5