The Märchen Sagen Academy
photo Couleen LaGon

A professional music and video producer, voice-over artist and entertainer, Couleen (Al) LaGon founded the academy, after teaching a course that he developed to over 80 third graders at Clairemont Elementary. It was entitled “How To Make A PSA”, and included a slide-show, lecture, Q&A session and presentation of professional video equipment. The course was sparked by a video and song that Al produced for his son, Christian.

 "Mr. LaGon served CL as an expert to our third graders as they prepared and filmed their Habits of Scholarship PSAs. He took this role seriously and put a good deal of time and attention towards creating a lesson that was accessible to the students. Any time we can get experts from the field to work with our students, we are creating some of the richest opportunities we can for them. Mr. LaGon was a great asset in helping us support the students in creating a well crafted final product. ”

Mrs. Erin Gutfreund, Principle

Born and raised in Atlanta, GA. Couleen is a man of many creative talents. He is also a writer with Sony/EMI music publishing, film and television placements and artist he developed was signed to Interscope Records and he secured a production deal with Ceelo Green.


photo Arianna LaGon Leading our team of aftercare professionals will be Arianna LaGon. She is a study in the philosophy of Reggio Emelia, a preschool teacher at Druid Hills United Methodist Preschool (DHUMP) and one of the pioneers of the full immersion Italian Pre-K program at the school. Arianna will lead our team daily, organizing activities and providing light, love and leadership to the house and the kids. A native of Naples, Italy, Arianna was born into a family of chefs and restaurateurs. She will also be in charge of our selection of healthy snack options daily at the Houston House. Mrs. LaGon moved to Atlanta a decade ago and has over 20 years of early childhood development experience.
photo Mohua Thakurta

Our Filmmaking and Video Editing programs will be presented by Mohua Thakurta.  “Mo”, as she is called, is an accomplished industry professional with many years as an instructor in filmmaking and video editing.  Designed for ages 10 and up, program attendees will discover film making and will work primarily with DSLR cameras and explore film making with iOS devices and software.  Editing will be accomplished using Adobe Premier and Final Cut ProX.