Jeannette Webb, Consultant
Jeannette Webb has worked with high school students for over 35 years helping them develop public speaking, leadership, and interview skills, as well as prepare effective applications for scholarship competitions. She earned a B.S. and M.S. from Oklahoma State University and was that institution’s first Truman Scholar.
She spent a decade with the OSU Cooperative Extension Service as 4-H and Youth Development Specialist and Resource Management Specialist before she became a home educator in 1993. In 2005, Jeannette received the Presidential Scholar Distinguished Teacher Award from the U.S. Department of Education. That same year, she founded Aiming Higher Consultants to meet the unique needs of students with big dreams. Her son, Austin, has now joined the company.
Austin Webb, Consultant
Austin Webb was named the 2005 John M. Stalnaker Memorial Merit Scholar (the highest honor granted by the National Merit Scholarship corporation) and was selected as a United States Presidential Scholar. An alumnus of the Research Science Institute at MIT, he worked on a project in neurobiology which achieved national semi-finalist standing in both the Intel Science Talent Search and the Siemens Westinghouse Competition.
He was accepted to some of the world’s best colleges including Harvard, MIT, Caltech, and the University of Chicago with many scholarship offers. He attended the California Institute of Technology and graduated with honors in June of 2009 with a B.S. in theoretical computer science.
During his undergraduate career, Austin undertook multiple research projects in areas such as applied math, quantum computing, and computational complexity theory.
He was awarded a highly competitive Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation to fund his graduate work at the University of Washington in Seattle where he received his M.S. with a speciality in artificial intelligence. Austin is currently employed as a Data Scientist. As a consultant, Austin provides his wealth of experience to students interested in the technical fields.
Natalie Webb is an accomplished musician, was a nationally ranked NCFCA platform speaker, and Co-Founder of The International Debate Society – an online venue for teaching LD debate skills. While in high school, she was a successful fundraiser for the local Pregnancy Care Center and was well known in her community for her leadership activities.
She was accepted into the most prestigious colleges in the country – Princeton, Harvard, Cornell, Penn, Carnegie Mellon, and Rice, as well as highly competitive programs like Penn’s Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology.
Natalie matriculated at Princeton. Even though she was told it was an impossible combination, she applied for and was selected as 1 of 35 freshman for the Humanities great books sequence, known as the crown jewel of the Princeton experience. She was the only engineer in this grinding four class series.
She was on the leadership team of Princeton Evangelical Fellowship, was a founding member of a baroque chamber group, and loved discussing life’s big questions with friends. Natalie graduated from Princeton University in 2012 with a degree in Operations Research and Financial Engineering. She is currently employed on the development team of a startup company.