About

About us:

Kasa de Franko (KDF), a well-established language school in the Silicon Valley, teaches Spanish and English both online and in-person to students from a variety of different backgrounds.   KDF specializes in teaching adults, children, teenagers, small business groups, and institutions.

The conversational approach to learning a language is emphasized at KDF. We believe in the importance of communicating messages that mean something to the student. Instead of straight repetition and rote memorization, we believe that meaningful learning is vital as students can relate material learned in class to their lives.

KDF’s teaching approach is a result of a background in linguistics, politics, and psychology. It is important to strengthen the students’ ability to think on their own feet from the beginning of the language learning process, emphasizing the proper native-Spanish accent. KDF’s goal is to offer you, our students,  a meaningful learning experience.

KDF is dedicated to teaching students in San Jose & the Bay Area to embrace not just sentence structure, but la cultura as well.  KDF’s mission is to give students an insight into the Spanish-speaking world and help them develop a deeper appreciation for Latin American cultures while learning to appreciate their own. It is always important to translate ideas, rather than words. That’s why KDF emphasizes conversation to learn and review Spanish grammar and syntax while using context to understand meaning.

Teaching is not a just a profession—it is a passion. Sharing the Spanish culture and teaching languages is far more rewarding than just making a living. Language instruction is more than just explaining grammar, assessing pronunciation, and memorizing vocabulary—students find much more than that in KDF’s classes.

Learn Spanish On-line or In-Person/Private & Small Group Lessons @ Kasa de Franko!

Meet Our Team:

Franko Muñoz-Ruiz:  

Born in Peru, Franko Muñoz-Ruiz has over 10 years of experience in language, education, and arts.  His goal is to promote a multi-lingual lifestyle with an emphasis on the Spanish language and culture.

From an early age, Franko was exposed to a cosmopolitan and multicultural environment in different countries & continents.  His unique upbringing and travels have given him the opportunity to learn about different cultures and languages. He is a USF graduate who double majored in Politics and Psychology with a minor in Latino-American studies and French.

Franko speaks six languages: Spanish, English, French, Italian, Portuguese and a bit of Mandarin. Being a polyglot, Franko seeks to help communities find a common ground for their cultural differences.

Franko, as a Spanish Teacher & a Tutor, prepares students to pass tests of sufficiency in Spanish and other languages.  His passion is teaching and he always makes his classes fun and full of humor!

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Sarah McNassar-Thiagarajan:

Sarah McNassar-Thiagarajan is originally from the Pacific Northwest. She has over 25 years experience in education, having taught, tutored and trained people ages 5-Adult in a wide variety of subjects.  Teaching is her vocation, no matter what form it takes. As  KDF’s English Instructor and KinDerF co-instructor, her goal is to help support English Language learners as they integrate into the cultures of the English-speaking world, as well as invite little ones into the exciting world of Spanish.

Sarah has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Theatre Arts, and a Master’s Degree in Teaching from the University of Puget Sound. Her fun personality and love of learning and travel enrich her instruction in both English and pre-school level Spanish.

Herself a student at Kasa de Franko, she is an advocate for learning new languages in a fun and encouraging environment. Her goal is to foster communication between people of different backgrounds and cultures, and to enrich the lives of her students through language.

Our students & clients are our friends

Our students come from all walks of life: Teachers, engineers, nurses, lawyers, therapists, and more. Our community of students and friends is very diverse and work in companies and organizations such as Google, LinkedIn, Facebook, Cisco, the San Jose Unified School District, and the Santa Clara County Valley Medical Center.

Our students are more than just clients; they are also our friends: They not only come from California or the other United States, but also countries the world over. We have international students from Italy,  Germany,  China,  Russia, and Brazil. We offer in-person, online, and hybrid lessons and look forward to meeting you!

Llama Ahora! @ KASA DE FRANKO! A FUN SPANISH SCHOOL serving the Bay Area & the Silicon Valley for almost a decade. Our friends and students live and work in Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Santa Clara County, Milpitas, Campbell, Los Altos, South and North San Jose, Los Gatos, San Francisco, San Mateo, Burlingame, and beyond. Here in the Bay Area, knowing Spanish is crucial to succeeding in life and business.

Try us out, and you will be able to…….

THINK IN SPANISH! DON’T JUST SPEAK SPANISH!

Don’t just learn Spanish! Embrace the Spanish Culture!