Spotlight: Donna Fogell and Bethany Guse

Donna and Bethany are Outreach Specialists in WIDA's Client Services Center. Read about their experiences to learn about these team members who support international educators.

headshot of donnaDonna Fogell is a Senior Outreach Specialist in WIDA’s Client Services Center in Madison, Wisconsin. She assists administrators and educators within WIDA’s domestic and international consortia.

Donna earned both her Bachelor of Science in Education and Master’s in Library Science degrees at UW-Madison. For 27 years Donna taught elementary and middle school students with a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds within the Madison Metropolitan School District. As her school’s assessment coordinator, she was responsible for scheduling, training, proctoring, and managing district, state, and ELL assessments. Her experiences have enabled her to empathize with teachers who strive to meet the needs of their students. After attending one of WIDA’s International Institutes and meeting educators from around the world, Donna was eager to become involved with WIDA’s International School Consortium community.

headshot of bethanyBethany Guse is a WIDA Educator Outreach Specialist. In this role she answers questions regarding WIDA assessments and resources, as well as questions about training and professional learning opportunities. Bethany works with educators from the U.S. and internationally.

Bethany graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota with a B.A. in Russian Area Studies and German, with a concentration in Film and Media Studies. During this time, she completed an internship at Mosfilm in Moscow, Russia and then studied abroad for a semester at the University of Konstanz, Germany, allowing her to further develop her language skills as well as global awareness. After graduating, Bethany was accepted by the Austrian Ministry of Education (coordinated by Fulbright Austria) to work as an English teaching assistant. Bethany taught at two schools for two years, one in the heart of Linz and one in a small village outside the city. She gained firsthand knowledge of different teaching styles by collaborating with Austrian educators as well as other teaching assistants from around Europe and the US. This also provided the opportunity to learn about different assessments and teaching options, while also learning an Austrian dialect and traveling throughout Europe; which further supported her next job, working as a German Customer Service Representative at an insurance company.”

Bethany has now completed her first year at WIDA and is excited for many more. In addition to answering U.S. and international inquiries, she also moderates webinars and manages training sessions for the WIDA Client Services Center. Bethany continues to enjoy exploring places all over the world as well as learning languages, photography, and meeting new people.

If you have a question for WIDA, send it to Donna and Bethany at international@wida.us.