Catherine Tsounis was born in Astoria, New York. She was educated at St. Demetrios Parochial School, and Bryant High School in Astoria, New York. She acquired a Bachelor of Arts degree from Queens College. She has a Master of Arts degree in Byzantine History from the Queens College Graduate School of CUNY. The author is a veteran teacher of the New York City School system, with an emphasis on Bilingual-Greek language studies. She was an adjunct instructor of the Modern Greek Language and Literature at St. John’s University, Queens, New York from 1997-2010. Ms. Tsounis is a photo/journalist on the national and international scene from 1974, in the internet, magazine and newspaper mediums. She was inducted into “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers,” in 2002 and 2005. 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. In 2005, she was awarded the New York City Council Proclamation in commemoration of the 184th Anniversary of Greek Independence for her outstanding contribution to New York City and the Greek-American community and at the 19th Hermes International Expo at Atlantic City in 2010. On March 10, 2015, she was awarded a New York City Council Citation for writing the book “Through My Eyes: St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church” by Countil Member Paul Vallone.
Her books include: Greek-American Experience; Greek-American Experience II; Greek-American Experience III; Greek American Experience IV; Greek-American Anthology 2005-06; 2005 Anthology of Greek-America; Greek-American Anthology 2005; Transfiguration of Christ Church Mattituck, 1978-2005 and Transfiguration of Christ Church, Mattituck, New York, 1969-2013.