Special Education
Special education is specially designed instruction based on the needs of an individual student. As required by law, School District 197 provides a free, appropriate public education to about 900 students with disabilities from birth through age 21 who attend both public and private schools. A team develops, implements and reviews each student’s individual program. Please see School District 197’s Special Education section for more information.


Pamela Engebretson, 
Speech-Language Pathologist 

651-403-8235 | pamela.engebretson@isd197.org

Jennifer Hogan, Teacher
651-403-8233 | jennifer.hogan@isd197.org



Pamela Engebretson
Hello everyone! I am the speech-language pathologist here at Somerset and I love working with elementary students. I received my Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology from St. Cloud State University in 1990. I also have the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) which is granted by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). I began working in District 197 in 2002. I’ve been in this profession for a long time and never tire of helping others improve their communication skills. In my free time, I enjoy training my wire fox terrier, Darby, in obedience and love all things connected with dogs and horses. My son, Nathan, lives in Seattle and I was able to visit him there this summer. Travel and hiking are also favorite things to do. Please feel free to contact me or stop by for a visit. My office is located in room 106D. Communication with parents and care givers helps strengthen the school-home partnership. 


Jennifer Hogan
My name is Jennifer Hogan. I am one of the special education teachers at Somerset Elementary. I began teaching in 2010 and I began my work at Somerset in 2012. I attended the University of Wisconsin Stout and graduated with a degree in Special Education in 2009. I am currently going back to school for my Masters Degree at Concordia University! Somerset is truly a wonderful place to work. I enjoy the strong community, and the relationships built with the families and staff. Our special education suite is located on the lower level of the school off to side of the library. I will be working with students that are in grades Kindergarten through 3rd grade! Besides teaching in the school district, I am also the head coach for the Henry Sibley Gymnastics team. I have coached at the high school since 2010. I am an active member in our community and am grateful for the opportunites to get to know students and families across buildings. Besides teaching and coaching, I enjoy cooking, yoga and spending time with my family and friends. Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the leaves changing and the start of a new school year! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me! Looking forward to a great year!


Schyler Novak
Welcome. My name is Schyler Novak. I am the Special Education Teacher for 4th grade at Somerset and Mendota Elementary Schools. I started my teaching career at Somerset in 2012. I really enjoyed my first year of teaching in District 197 and working with the 3rd and 4th grade students and families. I graduated from Augsburg College with a degree in Special Education in 2012. Before I began my teaching career, I spent a number of years in the business world. I worked in many different areas of the grocery industry. I am married and we have two young boys in our family. When our family has free time, we enjoy going Up North, spending time on the lake, and going to the farm to spend time with relatives. I look forward to this school year and getting to know the students and families. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.