Autobiography: Catherine Tsounis

A. Education background:

Master of Arts, Queens College Graduate School,
CUNY. Major: Byzantine History. Passed Proficiency exam in Byzantine Greek 1973.

Bachelor of Arts, Queens College, Flushing, N.Y. Major: Medieval and Ancient
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, New York, 1997 - present.

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, 1975-77

Social Studies teacher, New York City Board of Education,
New York. City Board of Education, with Greek ancillary license. New York State Certification as Social Studies teacher. Instructed J.H.S. Science,
English as a Second Language. 1969 -present.

C. Related Work Experience

Greek Translator. Board of Education of the City of New York,
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 industry/translating
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”,, from 1973 to present.


The Western Queens Gazette


Serios Media & P.R. Productions


Hellenic News



National Herald Greek-American Newspaper


Hellenic Times Newspaper


The HellenicVoice Newspaper


Estiator Website


Greek News


D. Professional Organizations

American Association of University Professors (AAUP), St. John's University chapter,
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


Modern Greek Studies Association Links


E. Languages:

Fluency in Greek and English.
Knowledge of proficiency in Spanish

F. Licenses/Certificates:

New York State Social Studies Secondary Education Teacher.
Greek Archdiocese of America Modern Greek Teacher License.
New York City Social Studies Licensed Teacher.

G. Distinctions:

Honored on June 6th, 2008 in Washington D.C.. The educator’s name was inscribed in the Congressional Record by the Honorable Carolyn B. Maloney of New York in the House of Representatives at the historic event in the Capitol entitled "The Dynamics of the Hellenic Language".


Congressional Record

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, 2008 in Washington D.C.. The educator’s name was inscribed in the Congressional Record by the Honorable Carolyn B. Maloney of New York in the House of Representatives at the historic event in the Capitol entitled "The Dynamics of the Hellenic Language".

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 Greece for her “outstanding work in the field of Modern Greek Language and Culture at St. John’s University. She was the first third generation Greek-American to be awarded the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, USA scholarship in category B in 2002-2003 for advanced teacher training  

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., ΚΕΝΤΡΟ ΜΑΚΕΔΟΝΙΚΩΝ ΣΠΟΥΔΟΝ . Since 2005, two Greek evenings of culture have been planned each calendar year at St. Johns, with funding donated by the community. From 2003-2006, lectures with prominent Greek-Americans have been hosted each semester. A website was created in 2003 to explain the Greek Program and its accomplishments.


Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, 2005.

New York City Council April. 5th 2005  Proclamation for outstanding achievement to commemorate  Greek Independence Day at City Hall.


City Council Proclamation


Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers 2002


Educators’ Recognized by National Italian Honor Society


Harry Markopoulos “Whistleblower of Bernard Madoff”





The Greek American Experience

The Greek American Experience II

The Greek American Experience III co-authored with John G. Siolas, Ph.D.

Greek American Anthology 2005-06

Transfiguration of Christ Church

Church, Mattituck, New York, 1969-2006

2005 Anthology of Greek America

Greek American Anthology 2005