Meet Our Educators
Hi my name is Sugandha and I’m the creative force behind La Dee Da. I’ve loved art my whole life. I have been painting, drawing, singing and crafting since I was a child. From my first mark makings as a toddler to a formal education and career in graphic design, being creative is in my bones! I grew up in an environment that fostered the love of the arts in me as a young girl. My father exposed me to a plethora of projects and different mediums of painting at a very young age. My mother, who ran a clothing boutique, taught me how to sew. I spent my childhood learning how to batik, tie-dye, decoupage, sing, dance and explore my world through different creative mediums. I hold a BFA in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Atlanta. I am a mother to two amazing little people (Samara and Liam) and married to my best friend for 13 years. Together they make my world complete!
Art Educator + Creative Director (CPR & First -Aid Certified)
Meet Jessica Brown (Operations Manager + Instructor)
Jessica acts as our right-hand woman coordinating daily operations and assisting our team of staff at the studio. She brings a lot of fun and positive energy to our students as well as runs the daily show. You’ll always find her wearing a smile on her face! She is currently pursuing a degree in Art Education from Georgia State University and when she’s not crafting for a birthday party or coming up with cool new projects at the studio she enjoys working on her own art, being out in nature, attending live concerts and training for a triathlon!
CPR & First-Aid Certified
Meet Yaché Green (Lead Instructor)
Ms. Green is a second grade teacher with the Fulton County School system and has been a part of the La Dee Da family since 2015. When she’s not teaching school, she’s helping us with school breaks camps and birthday parties. Her vivacious personality and natural ease with children makes her a studio favorite. A self proclaimed shopaholic she enjoys spending time with her friends and family and her dog Bailey.
Meet Mollie Katzin (Lead Instructor)
We’re so excited to have Mollie join our staff this summer! Mollie is an artist and art educator. She’s currently in her 6th year teaching for the Fulton County School System. Mollie grew up in Atlanta and got her BFA and MAED from Georgia State University. She enjoys sunshine, traveling, hiking, and sharing her passion for creativity and art-making with young artists. Check out her archive of projects and lessons at www.artwithmsk.com
Meet Maggie Ball (Lead Instructor)
Maggie has been teaching elementary art with Fulton County Schools for 11 years. She grew up in Alpharetta, got her art education degree at the University of North Georgia and recently graduated with her Master of Design studies from the Boston Architectural College. A life long art and creativity enthusiast, Maggie particularly enjoys ceramics, digital design, hands-on 3D construction and architecture. Maggie is also a newly wed!
Meet Itzya Villalba (Camp Counselor)
A recent high school graduate, Itzya is joining us for the second season of Summer Camps. With a kind, passionate heart, a smile on her face and excellent work ethic, Itzya has been a wonderful addition to our staff and the children adore her. In her spare time she enjoys photography and hanging out with her friends. She also actively volunteers at a local non-profit that provides educational programming for Latino children in the Sandy Springs community.
Meet Samara and Liam (La Dee Da Aficionados + Brand Ambassadors)
Samara is a spirited 8 year old and a rising 3rd Grader. She is bright and articulate and passionate beyond words! She loves theatre, dance, books, music, painting and crafting, riding her bike and everything Harry Potter! She has graduated from playing princess dress up to having a keen sense of her own style and is a fashionista in her own right. An aspiring singer and song writer, she is my muse!
Liam is almost 6 and a rising 1st Grader. He is a curious guy who likes to read encyclopedias for fun. He loves building and tinkering around and trying to figure out how things work. A future scientist in the making! He is independent and content, and adores his big sister. Liam loves legos, dinosaurs, science, video games and is the happiest when playing outdoors looking for bugs or going through the recycling to create his next invention.