Glens Falls, New York – A Most Typical Small City

Educator Greta Siddiqui has worked as a permanent substitute teacher and remedial math teacher as well as field hockey coach in the Corinth Central School District in Corinth, New York. Also in the field of education, Greta Siddiqui’s parents immigrated to the United States from Slovakia in the 1920s and decided to raise their family in Glens Falls, New York, where many people at the time worked as teachers or in the local paper company.

Glens Falls is located on the Hudson River and is known as the gateway to the Adirondack Mountains. Glens Falls is made up of tree-lined streets and neat neighborhoods and was named twice as America’s most typical small city.

Lumber, limestone, black marble, and water power formed the base for industry in Glens Falls. The abundant lumber of the Adirondack region led to the creation of many paper mills along the banks of the Hudson River. The first paper mill, called the Glens Falls Paper Company, was built in 1864 and is known today as the International Paper Corporation.


St. Jude’s Prepares to Host Its 2013 Autumn Wine-Tasting Event

MEMPHIS, Tennessee (July 2013) – St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is preparing to host its annual Autumn Wine Tasting, which will be held October 17, 2013, at Guastavino’s Restaurant in New York. St. Jude’s is inviting all of its staff, families, and supporters to attend, including longtime supporter and New York native Greta Siddiqui. In addition to St. Jude’s, Greta Siddiqui actively supports the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging.

In its 21st year, the 2013 Autumn Wine Tasting will feature a selection of wines from 20 different wineries and vineyards in the area, a sampling of food from 15 area restaurants, hors d’oeuvres, raffles, and a silent auction. There are also various levels of sponsorship opportunities for the event, including a platinum sponsor, event sponsor, and a wineries sponsor. Proceeds from the event benefit the research and treatment provided to children in need at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Founded in 1962 by entertainer Danny Thomas, St. Jude’s has changed the lives of countless children from around the world. For more than half a century, St. Jude’s has provided quality medical care to children with cancer and other catastrophic illnesses and conducts research to develop the necessary treatments for these types of diseases.

Teacher Certification Testing in New York State

Greta Siddiqui attended the State University of New York at Brockport, where she earned a bachelor of science in education. Certified in Elements of Instruction, Greta Siddiqui served in a variety of teaching roles in Rochester, New York, and Corinth, New York, before relocating out of state with her family.

Achieving passing scores on the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations, or NYSTCE, is one of the required steps for becoming a public school teacher in that state. The tests measure the professional knowledge of a candidate relative to a previously set standard. Each test focuses on a particular area of educational focus.

All potential teachers seeking initial licensure must pass the Liberal Arts and Science Test, a general interest examination that assesses the critical thinking, communication, and cultural-awareness knowledge of each candidate. Applicants must also pass the Assessment of Teaching Skills-Written test at either the elementary or secondary level, as well as a Content Specialty Test in the area they wish to teach. Candidates may additionally pursue a supplementary bilingual education extension certificate, provided they pass the Bilingual Education Assessment relevant to their target language.

Strategies for a Family Hiking Trip

Greta Siddiqui regularly participates in a variety of outdoor activities, including running and jet skiing. The mother of three and certified teacher also enjoys taking her family camping. Through her personal and professional experience, Greta Siddiqui has learned a number of strategies to keep children engaged and learning while exploring the wilderness.

To keep children interested while trekking through the wilderness on a hike, parents should make them part of the process from the very beginning. Children love to do things that they have helped to create, so involving kids in the hike planning goes a long way toward making them feel included. Once on the trail, bring the maps out and let the children try their hand at using a compass to discover where they are.

Guidebooks are also a great way to keep kids engaged during a hike. Try looking over guidebooks before the hike begins to get children excited about spotting birds, plants, and wildlife. To make the experience even more exciting, make a game of it. Challenge children to spot as many items in one category as possible, or start a kids-versus-parents competition based on who can identify more birds. A little bit of creativity goes a long way toward getting kids excited about hiking.

Greta Siddiqui: Classroom Management for Substitute Teachers

A credentialed educator, Greta Siddiqui has earned New York State certification in Elements of Instruction. Since that time, Greta Siddiqui has held several teaching positions and volunteered at each of her children’s schools.

Among the most difficult aspects of teaching is learning to manage student behavior. Children like to test the limits of adults in authority. Children need to know what is expected of them, and if those expectations are not clear, they may act out to obtain information. Therefore, substitute teachers must make a point of setting clear expectations at the very beginning. This can be done compassionately and kindly. A successful substitute teacher begins by explaining his or her role and describing the planned classroom routine. The substitute teacher then continues this pattern throughout the day by clearly introducing each activity and explaining what the students are expected to do. For example, “We are now going to get into our reading groups and complete the activity I will hand out. Please talk quietly with your group so that others can hear.”

Substitute teachers should thoroughly prepare before the day begins. They should know how to conduct each activity and make each transition. Also, they should practice positive ways of communicating what they wish the students to do. Positive reinforcement may include offering rewards, such as stickers or extra recess in exchange for on-task behavior, so long as those rewards comply with school policy.

Greta Siddiqui: Going the Extra Mile for Charity

An educator, Greta Siddiqui is a firm believer in the value of strong community ties. She actively supports local charities and community events. In addition to volunteering with seniors and at hospitals, she has run for charity in several road races. Greta Siddiqui, like many other runners, has found that running for charity can provide several benefits beyond physical fitness.

1. Great motivation. On a rainy evening or in the aftermath of a challenging week, it can be difficult to find the motivation to go out for a run. Making the commitment to run for charity, and, therefore, knowing that many people are depending on you and looking forward to your participation, provides an excellent incentive for hitting the pavement.

2. Lots of potential running mates. It can be challenging to find training partners among your friends or neighbors. By contrast, participating in a charity run gives you access to a huge group of people who have the same running goals as you. Furthermore, social media makes it easier than ever to reach out to them.

3. A round of applause. Sometimes, after completing your longest run ever or besting your fastest time, it can be nice to get a little acknowledgement of your effort and success. You can get this in spades at the finish line of a charity race, where crowds applaud, not only your running, but also your commitment to a worthy cause.

Greta Siddiqui: Getting Ready for Your First Running Race

Greta Siddiqui is an education professional who also enjoys volunteering, traveling, and running. She has trained for several road races; here she provides tips for preparing for your first race.

– Set aside plenty of time to train. No matter the distance of the race, it’s important that you have enough time to prepare physically and mentally. Consider signing up for the event early, as the prices may be discounted and you’ll be more likely to stick with your months-long training plan.

– Running isn’t typically considered an expensive sport, but you should be prepared to make a small investment for the right gear. Also, try to plan your race day outfit in advance. Include extra layers, a water bottle, and some snacks.

– Have a plan on the race day. Make sure you get plenty of sleep the night before, and eat a nutritious breakfast. Plan to arrive at the race with time to spare, as you may need to navigate traffic at the venue or wait in line for your bib number. Warm up by jogging and stretching. Ease your nerves, and enjoy yourself!