I am the new 7th / 8th / 9th grade math teacher. My name is Neal Berntson and I went to Ichabod Crane High School. I graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Communications of Radio, Television, and Film.
After I returned to Upstate New York, I went to graduate school at Empire State College.
Happy to be back in the Adirondacks, I have loved Lake George for my entire life. I was a Mohican deckhand when I was a teenager and worked at The Sagamore years later.
I feel Minerva is a unique community that offers a very personal educational setting. I look forward to meeting my new students and believe that a desire for math grows with an awareness that it is always all around you.
I am very excited to start the school year and meet everyone! I can’t wait to start decorating my office so that you will feel comfy and welcome. Please stop in if you need anything or just to say hi!!
Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.
Herkimer County Community College and Adirondack Community College for an Associate Degree. I then attended SUNY Albany for a Bachelor of Science Degree. My original focus was museum studies but due to college program changes, my focus changed to anthropology which led me to a career as a contract archaeologist.
For approximately ten years I enjoyed “life in the field” traveling in the United States to investigate project areas for their historical significance prior to construction. Most job sites were on government-funded projects such as pipelines, roads, utility lines, supercolliders, etc. The construction of the Mars Education Center at Fort Ticonderoga was my dream job which allowed me to live in Minerva and work
locally as an archaeologist.
My decision to move back to Minerva around 1998 caused me to broaden my employment possibilities.
I worked as a waitress, real estate sales agent, and front office receptionist/ medical assistant for Hudson
Headwaters before returning to school at North Country Community College at Ticonderoga for a nursing degree. During this time I joined local community groups by volunteering as an EMT and secretary/museum director for the Minerva Historical Society. In 2014 I was appointed the Town of
Minerva Historian. In this rewarding job, my role is to preserve, promote, and share the history of our town.
Being a Registered Nurse has given me the opportunity to work and care for our community members.
Most of my 10-year career as a nurse has been working with our geriatric population at Elderwood at
North Creek, formally Adirondack Tri-County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
My husband, Patrick, and I currently live in Minerva with two border collies in a home that he built. We also have a home that we are working on in Irishtown that has been in the Brannon family for many generations. Our goat, Mae Mae, lives on this property and because of her abundant milk production, we are learning to make goat milk soap. We enjoy traveling with our camper trailer and visiting museums and historic sites.
Having an opportunity to work in Minerva Central as a School Nurse is an exciting chance for me to care for our community by supporting our youth. I look forward to serving the needs of our students.
I am very excited to start the year at Minerva! My goal for our students is to be exposed to a variety of sports and activities so they can become physically literate and find an activity that they can participate in for their lifetime. Some of my favorite activities and sports are softball, soccer, and dance. Additionally, this summer I completed a Sprint Triathlon and hope to continue my training this year, so I also enjoy swimming, running, and biking. Can’t wait to see you soon!