Franny Aida, Program Coordinator
Franny is an educator. She began as a French Teacher in Chesterfield County where she leveraged technology to bring France to her classroom. It wasn’t long before she was leading technology workshops for her colleagues. Franny went back to school to get her Masters in Instructional Technology from the University of Virginia. When a job opportunity took Franny and her husband to Florida, Franny got her dream job as a technology coach. This year, after expanding their family, Franny and her husband decided to move back home to Richmond. She is thrilled to get involved with CodeVA and Full STEAM Ahead. Franny has an insatiable love of learning. She is a mom, a gourmande, and a podcast enthusiast.
Maggie Smith, Mentor Extraordinaire
Maggie Smith is a visual artist, curator, and art educator with an inclination towards the silly. Currently, in addition to serving as CodeVA’s Director of Eureka Workshop, Smith is a part-time instructor at Visual Arts Center of Richmond where she provides youth outreach programming to underserved populations. Previously Smith was curator at Quirk Gallery for five years, and an assistant manager at World of Mirth prior to that. She previously lived in Atlanta, where she was cofounder of Cabbagetown Clay and Glassworks, a nonprofit neighborhood art education center in the inner- city Atlanta neighborhood of Cabbagetown. She is a native of Richmond, and received her BFA at Breanu University in Gainesville, Ga.
Della Sigrest, FSA Founder
Della is a meticulous artist, an enthusiastic gardener, and a macgyver in general. She is the eldest of five siblings, who all keep her on her toes. Growing up in a family of engineers, Della discovered the power of STEAM at a young age. She was encouraged to learn by creating, experimenting, and exploring. Della moved to Richmond for her undergraduate at VCU, and the city hasn’t been able to rid itself of her since. She graduated in three years with a degree in Communication Arts. In school, Della concentrated in illustration, graphic design, and art as an educational tool. During her senior year, Della’s academic work converged with her personal interest in women’s studies when she started Full STEAM Ahead. She loves road trips, complicated board games, tinkering, and all things outdoors.