College Preparatory Programs

Liaison Office for Townsend Harris High School at Queens College

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Faculty & Staff

The following list includes the Office of College Preparatory Programs at Queens College as well as the Faculty for the Freshman Humanities Colloquium (both college adjuncts and high school teachers).

Claudia Hindo, Director

Claudia Hindo's professional background has centered on studying and working on projects in K-12 and postsecondary education. As a research associate for Northwestern University, she was involved with a city-wide Chicago Public Schools initiative to transform large, under-performing high schools into small learning communities with goals for increasing access to college. In this role, Ms. Hindo worked directly with school administrators, teachers, students and college faculty to restructure two Chicago high schools into math, science and technology academies.


Since 2005, Ms. Hindo has continued to focus on projects that cultivate strong K-12-higher education partnerships in New York. Her work has included implementing a New York University  social-emotional intervention model in Harlem K-2 classrooms, serving as a college liaison to develop a 6th-12th grade Early College school in the Bronx (partnering Lehman College, the Gates Foundation, the CUNY Early College Initiative, and the New York City Department of Education), and, most recently, working as a research associate at the National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools, and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University, a strategic data partner for a Consortium overseeing a network of Early College high schools around the country.


At Lehman College, Ms. Hindo also managed the Division of Education Teacher Academy, a CUNY initiative to prepare undergraduates to be math and science middle and high school teachers in under-resourced communities and was appointed as adjunct faculty, teaching Educational Psychology and multiple sections of an education foundations seminar for pre-service teachers.

Joseph Merino, Assistant to the Director

As an alumnus of the THHS Class of ‘88 and graduate of Queens College in February 1993 with a BA (English & Honors in the Humanities), Joseph has been involved continually with the Collaboration since its inception, becoming Assistant to the Director in  1992.  With this experience in mind, in 2000, the Queens College Provost’s Office tapped Joseph to be an advisor to CUNY’s College Now program at QC.  He continues to advise, counsel and administrate in both programs.

Aside from his administrative and counseling duties for CPP and CN, Joseph co-taught in the Humanities Seminar as a Student Teacher three semesters during his undergraduate years and has led various workshops with students on methods of integrating into college.  He has also, on occasion, acted as “substitute teacher” in the Humanities Colloquium and in a College Now History Foundations course.

Edie Balogh, Administrative Assistant

While an undergraduate student in the Honors in the Western Tradition at Queens College, Edie became familiar with the THHS / QC Collaboration, including a semester as a Student Teacher in the Humanities Colloquium and a semester of Observation at THHS for a Secondary Education Foundations course.  She worked part-time in the QC Admissions office for over a year and then joined the staff of CPP in the Summer of 1995.

In February 1996, she received a BA in English with a Certificate for Honors in the Western Tradition and a Minor in Irish Studies, and has worked Full-Time with CPP ever since.  She also spent a few semesters as a part-time advisor to the College Now administration and as a counselor to CN students.

Freshman Humanities Colloquium (HTH 101/102) QC Faculty

Timothy Scott Johnson, History:

    BA History (Denison University, 2007)

    PhD Modern European History with focus on Intellectual History

        (CUNY Graduate Center, in progress)


Lucia Lermond, Philosophy:

    BA (Queens College),

    PhD (Columbia University)


Christopher Lore, History:

     BA Philosophy and Religious Studies (University of California,

         Santa Barbara)

     Ph.D. Candidate (CUNY Graduate Center)


Teresa O’Neill, Linguistics:

    BA European Studies, French, and Spanish (Gonzaga University)

    PhD Linguistics (CUNY Graduate Center, in progress)


Paul Schweigert, History:

    BS History (North Carolina State University, 2005)

    PhD Modern European History (CUNY Graduate Center, in progress)


Kelly Seufert, English:

    BA English (, )

    Ph.D. Candidate, English/Medieval Studies (CUNY Graduate Center)


Arthur Shippee, Philosophy:

    BA Mathematics (Brown University, 1979),

    MDiv  (Union Theological Seminary, 1982),

    MA Philosophy (Yale University, 1985)


Freshman Humanities Colloquium (HTH 101/102) THHS Faculty

R. Babstock, English:

    MA English (Queens College, CUNY, 1992)


J. Biener, English:

    BA English (Binghamton University, 1985)

    MSEd English 7-12 (Queens College, CUNY, 1992),

    +30 graduate credits (2009)


R. Chung, English:

    BA Dramatic Literature, Cinema, & Theatre History; BA Women Studies

        (New York University: College of Arts & Sciences, 1990)

    MSEd English 7-12 (New York University: School of Education, 1992)


R. Olechowski, English:

    BA English and Philosophy (Queens College, CUNY, 1999)

    MA English (Fordham University, 2002)


G. Wallace, English:

    BA English (Queens College, CUNY, 1990)

    MSEd English 7-12 (Queens College, CUNY, 1996)

    +36 graduate credits