Theresa  Lawhead

Counselor/Instructor, Counseling

Theresa Lawhead is a Counselor and Instructor at Mission College. She joined Mission College in 1993, became a Counselor in 1996 and began teaching "Careers and Life Styles" in 2000. In addition to her experience at Mission College, Theresa worked in high-tech at Amdahl Corporation as the College Relations Manager. She also worked at San Jose State University in the Career Center as an Engineering Career Counselor and Employer Relations Specialist.

  • M.S. Counseling, CSU Hayward
  • B.A. Psychology, Communication minor, San Jose State University 
  • A.A. General Studies, West Valley College
  • The MESA Program (Math, Engineering, Science Achievement)
  • High School Outreach
  • Academic Advising:
    • Business
    • Child Development/ECE, Future "Educators"
    • STEM Related Majors: Biology, Chemistry, CIT, CNET, CIS, Computer Science, Engineering, Math, Physics
    • English, Communication Studies
    • Graphic Design, Graphic Art, Music
    • Psychology, Sociology, Social Work
Courses Taught
  • Teaching & Leadership Excellence Award, National Institute for Staff & Organizational Development (NISOD), 2002
  • Outstanding Associate Faculty of the Year, Mission College Associated Student Body, 2001
Committee/Campus Work
  • Department Chair, Counseling, August 2016 - January 2018
  • Senator, Student Services Division, Academic Senate, August 2014 - May 2016
  • Member, Art On Campus Committee, August 2015 - Present
  • Interim MESA Director, January 2014 - August 2015
  • Team Lead/Team Member, Various Faculty Tenure Teams, August 2006 - Present
Fast Facts

Theresa is a native of San Jose, she has been a vegetarian for 30+ years and she can (usually) "Name That Tune" in five notes or less.

Favorite Quote

"Courtesy is contagious."   –Yosemite National Park, bike path



Theresa Lawhead

Theresa Lawhead
phone: (408) 855-5545
office: SEC-133D

Counseling Department