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.


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.