Autobiography: Catherine Tsounis
A. Education background:
Master of Arts,
CUNY. Major: Byzantine History. Passed Proficiency exam in Byzantine Greek 1973.
Bachelor of Arts,
History. Minor: Education and Classics. 1969.
B. Academic Appointments:
Adjunct Instructor of Modern Greek Language and Literature,
Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literature,
St. John’s University, Jamaica,
Teacher/Coordinator of Hellenic Culture School, Transfiguration of Christ
Church, Mattituck, L.I. Bilingual Modern Greek language, conversation,
literature and culture program. Operates today as a Greek Language Center,
Social Studies teacher, New York City Board of Education,
English as a Second Language. 1969 -present.
C. Related Work Experience
Greek Translator. Board of Education of the City of
Special Education Division. Interpreter and translator of legal documents,
procedures of referrals and evaluations for Special Education programs. 1992-
Free-lance translator, editor and interpreter with private
Companies. Greek/English, English/Greek processing in word and Excel. 1992 to
Photojournalist. Word processing in Photo-Journalism as Contributing Editor of "Hellenic Times" and "Estiator" food industry magazine; Correspondent for "Hellenic Chronicle"; contributed to "Bayside Times", "Courier", "Queens Chronicle",Proini, "Suffolk Times", "The HellenicVoice", “National Herald”, “Orthodox Observer”, “Greek American Review”, “Greek News”, “Hellenic News”, Helleniccomserve.com, from 1973 to present.
The Western Queens Gazette
Serios Media & P.R. Productions
National Herald Greek-American Newspaper
Hellenic Times Newspaper
The HellenicVoice Newspaper
D. Professional Organizations
American Association of University Professors (AAUP), St. John's University
Hellenic-American Educators Association,
Translators and Interpreters Guild, New York State Chapter,
Queensboro Community College IBM PC User’s Group,
New York State Association for Bilingual Education Association (NYSABE),
New York State Education Department Commissioners Parent’s Advisory Council.
Modern Greek Studies Association,
American Translators Association
Fluency in Greek and English.
Knowledge of proficiency in Spanish
Greek Archdiocese of
Honored on June 6th,
Prof. Tsounis with the cooperation of Greek-American Societies and Businessmen. a scholarship program to outstanding Modern Greek scholars in 2000. Over $110,000 have been awarded to students with the administrative costs covered personally by Prof. Tsounis and Dr. John G. Siolas.
Honored on June 6th,
Prof. Catherine Tsounis was awarded a teacher training scholarship for
2002-03 by the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, one of the
leading institutions in the world for recognizing excellence in academic,
cultural and scientific endeavors. She was commended for her achievement by the
Honorable Thomas J. Miller, former Ambassador to
She has written six bilingual pamphlet books on
Greek-American life in collaboration with Dr. John G. Siolas. The fifth, sixth,
and seventh books are “The Greek American Experience”, “The Greek American
Experience II” and “The Greek American Experience III”, made possible by grants
from Senator Frank Padavan of the 11th
District, Bellerose, N.Y., Elias Neofytides and Nancy Biska, of THE PANMACEDONIAN STUDIES CENTER INC.,
ΣΠΟΥΔΟΝ . Since 2005, two Greek
evenings of culture have been planned each calendar year at
Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, 2005.