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.

Ane Goenaga instructor

Ane started teaching at the Ikastola in the beginning of August 2019.

She was born and raised in Azpeitia (Gipuzkoa). She studied Education with an emphasis on Foreign Language Teaching at the University of The Basque Country and at the Libera UniversitĂ  di Bolzano (Italy).

Whilst studying in Donostia, she was able to teach in an English Academy, so she has enjoyed teaching across a wide range of age groups throughout her career.

She spent the last year teaching Spanish at the University of Idaho (Moscow). She learned a lot during her time there, and particularly enjoyed her role supporting students through L2 (Second Language) learning process.

She is a firm believer that students learn by doing. She also tries to teach in a variety of ways; having discussions, engaging the children in activities, playing, writing, and of course, creating new and wonderful experiences!

In her free time she enjoys watching and playing basketball, going to the mountain and hanging out with her friends.

Inigo VALENCIA instructor

Inigo started teaching at the Boiseko Ikastola in the beginning of August 2019.

He was born and raised in Lekeitio (Bizkaia). He studied English Studies at the University of the Basque Country in Gasteiz and then, he studied Education with an emphasis on Foreign Language Teaching at the University of the Basque Country too, but in this case in Bilbao.

He has been teaching for nine years in Abusu Ikastola (Bilbao) with students from four years old to nine.

He loves teaching Basque and English languages. He enjoys interacting with his students and he believes that students learn by having an active role. Moreover, he actually thinks that mistakes are very important part of the learning process due to the fact that mistakes help us to improve. Finally, He points out that friendship and an education in values are essential in Education.

In his free time, he loves playing indoor soccer, playing cards, hanging out with his friends and traveling.