“Through My Eyes: St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Flushing, New York” is a collection of newspaper articles written by journalist/photographer Catherine Tsounis from 1987-2014. Her writings are eyewitness accounts, the raw material for future studies. The book will be presented on Tuesday, March 10, at Oasis Cake & Bakery, 19630 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, New York, at 2pm.
The book is in chronological order. It narrates: parishioners and educators’ successes; the ministries of Very Rev. George Passias, Very Rev. Paul Palesty and the late Very Rev. Anastasios Diakovasilis; the work of principals, Mrs. Athena Kromidas, Mrs. Chris Arlis, the late Mrs. Catherine Zangas and Mr. George Kanellopoulos; efforts and petition in 1990 to secure a federal grant; involvement of local Greek organizations; Education and PTA Social events of William Spyropoulos School and Stephen and Arete Cherpelis Afternoon Greek School; school expansion; political leaders and the NYPD involvement; Festivals; and the historic visit of the Greek Orthodox Patriarch, the spiritual leader of the 300 million Orthodox Christians worldwide.
Tsounis was born in Astoria, New York. She was educated at St. Demetrios Greek-American Parochial School and Bryant High School in Astoria. 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 educator from elementary school to university levels in the New York City Metropolitan area, with an emphasis on Bilingual-Greek language studies. Tsounis has been a photojournalist on the national and international scene since 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 in Atlantic City in 2010.