James T. Webb, Ph.D., (1939 – 2018) was recognized nationally as one of the most influential psychologists on gifted education. Dr. Webb wrote 16 books, over 75 professional publications, three DVDs, and many research papers for psychology conventions or for conferences regarding gifted and talented children. Six of his books were on gifted children and adults, and four won “Best Book“ awards. In 1981, Dr. Webb established SENG, a national nonprofit organization that provides information, training, conferences, and workshops, and served as Chair of SENG’s Professional Advisory Committee. In 2011, he was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arizona Association for Gifted children, the Community Service Award from the National Association for Gifted Children, and the Upton Sinclair Award by EducationNews.org. Most recently, Dr. Webb was President of Great Potential Press, Inc. Dr. Webb received the 2017 Palmarium Award at the University of Denver’s Gifted Education conference, “Transformational Leadership: Inspirations and Issues in Gifted Education”, where Dr. Webb was honored for exemplifying “a future in which giftedness will be understood, embraced and systematically nurtured throughout the nation and the world.” We want to honor Dr. Webb by continuing his legacy through encouraging others to implement his work within their reach. James T. Webb Influence Scholars are selected professionals who are committed to improving the lives of gifted and talented individuals. The Influence Scholar will continue to learn theories and practices in gifted education and seek to apply this knowledge in their own setting.The recipient(s) will be given the opportunity to present the results of their work at future gifted education conferences.


A select number of individuals will be chosen as James T. Webb Influence Scholars. Each recipient will:

  • Receive conference registration and travel stipend (if applicable) for the 2019 Gifted Education Conference “Theory and Practice: Conceptual Foundations and Classroom Strategies in Gifted Education” held at the Morgridge College of Education on the University of Denver’s campus, February 6 and 7, 2019.
  • Implement a project or work in their own setting and evaluate the effectiveness of their efforts.
  • Prepare and present a description of the work or project and associated results.
  • Receive conference registration and travel stipend (if applicable) for the 2020 Gifted Education Conference held at the Morgridge College of Education on the University of Denver’s campus.


Anna Armitage

Anna Armitage M.A. is in her fourth year teaching middle grades social studies with both gifted and non-gifted students in heterogeneously grouped classes. She has served as a school leader in supporting gifted 8th graders’ transition to high school, identifying underserved populations, and differentiating curriculum to meet all students’ needs.

Joi Lin

Joi Lin is working on her Ed.D. in Gifted Educational Leadership at the University of Denver Morgridge College of Education. She holds a B.S. in Mathematics & Secondary Education and an M.S. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Her research focuses on the areas of career development and virtual enrichment programs for the gifted.

Stephanie Peralta

Stephanie Peralta is a second year EdD Curriculum and Instruction student at the Morgridge College of Education. She completed her Undergraduate and Masters degrees from DU as well. She is a proud student of the University, and feels very honored and blessed to attend the Gifted Education Conference. She is specializing in Gifted Education, with the hopes of becoming a Gifted Coordinator for Denver Public Schools in the future. In the meantime, Stephanie will continue to advocate for her early childhood students to be recognized through differentiated classroom instruction to accelerate their learning. She hopes to also provide and create safe spaces for students of color who may be gifted, to further their education, to be recognized and identified. Their access is her passion. She looks forward to meeting new people at the conference, and to expand her knowledge about gifted and talented education. She would like to thank Norma Hafenstein for believing in her and sparking her interest in Gifted Education, her family for being firm believers in education, her colleagues and classmates for being inspirational individuals, and herself for taking a chance.

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