Sarah Artis director

Born and raised in the Boise Basque Community, Sarah is continuing her family's legacy of perpetuating Basque culture. As the granddaughter of long-time Basque radio host, Espe Alegria, Sarah is thoroughly ecstatic to be at Boiseko Ikastola, sharing the culture she is so passionate about to so many.

Sarah began at Boiseko Ikastola in the Fall of 2018, and immediately made the place reflect her loving, nurturing personality. She implemented great programs like Zoo Phonics, and The Magic Tree House book series to assist the children in preparation for Kindergarten.

Sarah's background varies which speaks to her ability to change and adapt to the daily changes in personality of the Ikastola students.

With more than 7 years of preschool experience, Sarah also has experience in marketing, training & workshops, communications, management, and networking that have proven incredibly helpful in her role as director at Boiseko Ikastola.

Kristina Franzoia instructor

Born and raised in Elko, Nevada, Kristina has always been immersed in her Basque heritage. Kristina was five when her family spent a year in the Basque Country where she attended the Ikastola at Bekobenta in Markina-Xemein, Bizkaia. There she spent time with family, made friends and learned Euskara. Through her years of schooling she studied as a Rotary Youth Exchange student in Brazil, learned Portuguese and completed the Baking and Pastry Arts program at The College of Western Idaho.

Kristina started teaching at the Ikastola at the beginning of August 2020. In the midst of Covid she jumped in with both feet and became a certified teacher, bringing her compassion and bubbly personality. She has loved this opportunity of teaching Basque to the students and interacting with them. It reminds her of when she was in their shoes many years ago.

She feels that being energetic and silly makes for a fun and attentive learning experience. Also having repetition and a consistent schedule is key to the students achievements. She encourages active discussions, songs and games for the children to further their perspectives.

In her free time Kristina loves to golf, go to boxing classes, dance with the Oinkari Basque Dancers, spend time with family and friends, and travel.