A second-generation American, Greta Siddiqui grew up in the small upstate New York town of Glens Falls, which sits along the Hudson River in the Adirondack Mountains. Because the primary employer in the town was the International Paper Company, many residents opted to join the firm’s workforce. Greta Siddiqui decided to take after her grandmother, parents, and aunt by becoming an educator. Though her grandparents moved to New York from Slovakia without knowing any English, they were successful in their effort to start a butcher shop in New York City. Their daughter went on to study education at the State University of New York at Oneonta, where she met and married her husband, also a teacher.
Greta Siddiqui studied education at the State University of New York at Brockport, where she became certified in Elements of Instruction and graduated with a B.S. in Education. She supplemented her classroom education with practical training, serving as a student teacher for fourth grade and kindergarten at Rochester schools. Once certified, Greta Siddiqui started teaching at Corinth Central School, first as a Permanent Substitute Teacher for grades K through 12 and then as a Remedial Math Teacher for grades 2 to 6. She also coached the field hockey team. Siddiqui left Corinth Central School to function as a Substitute Teacher for the Rochester School District.
In addition to her work as an educator, Greta Siddiqui deeply believes in the value of community service. She volunteered at a teen crisis center in Phoenix, Arizona, as well as at many public schools, including Shumway Elementary, Tolland Middle School, and Turner Creek Elementary School. With an ingrained set of Christian values, Greta Siddiqui belongs to St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church.