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Barbara McMahon

Lab Technician
Biological Sciences
(408) 855-5514
[email protected]
Office Location: SCI 210

Barbara was born in London, England and emigrated to the USA in 1978. Her first career was as a computer programmer, but after learning to fly, she quickly realized she loved to teach and spent the next two decades as a flight instructor. She came to Mission College in 2008. Now she spends her time serving students in the Microbiology and Cell and Molecular labs, while still flying on weekends.


  • Masters of Business Administration
    • Notre Dame de Namur University
  • Bachelor of Science in Human Services with concentration in Counseling and Administration
    • Notre Dame de Namur University
  • Associates of Science in Biology, General Science, Aviation Technology and Biotechnology
    • Foothill College

Fast Facts

Barbara has over 25,000 hours in the air, has sky dived, and also bungee-jumped from a hot air balloon.

Favorite Quote

"If you are going through hell, keep going." - Winston Churchill