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Please e-mail Counseling Assistant _____ to set up a meeting with me.  We might also be able to address your concern or inquiry via e-mail.  

I'm sorry that I am usually unavailable to answer phone calls but I make every effort to return phone messages within 48 hours as long as I am not off campus.  Most often I return e-mails faster than phone messages.


Please see me in person at least 3 weeks in advance with all the details of your request.  I may ask you to complete a "Senior Profile for Letters of Rec" so that you can provide me with more information about yourself.  Remember that CSUs and UCs do not require letters of rec (nor do they accept them).

Click here to learn how to request a letter of recommendation.


The Hayward High community will develop students and graduates to be:

Focused learners
Analytical thinkers 
Responsible and respectful citizens
Mindful collaborators
Effective communicators Resourceful users of technology 
Self-advocating individuals

Paul Gonsalves

Welcome to the 2021-22 School Year!

Congrats, you found my Farmer staff page!  I hope that you will find some helpful information here.  It is my passion to help students reach their academic, personal, and college/career goals!

All my best and more,

Paul Gonsalves
School Counselor

My office hours are every day during the breaks (before school, nutrition, lunch, after school until 4:00).  All office hours are in person.

My office hours are "drop in" (no appointment), just please sign in at the laptop in front of the counseling office and I'll call you in shortly.  I look forward to assisting you!


Weekly Schedule
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8-4pm 8-4pm 8-4pm 8-4pm 8-4pm



These are some areas that I am in charge of:

Counselor for Students F-J
Counselor for AVID Students


Counselor Liaison for Departments:  Health, World LanguageNon-Departmental

  • AP Support Coordinator (with Miller)
  • Chabot Concurrent Enrollment (with YEP)
  • College Talk (Dec)
  • Counseling Department Chair
  • Counselor Meetings (Thursdays)
  • 8th Grade Shadow Day
  • Google Apps Support (Calendar, Gmail, Drive, Docs)
  • HHS Mobile App
  • PPS Interns Coordinator
  • Programming Coordinator 
  • Webmaster


Plus General Counselor Responsibilities which include:


Paul Gonsalves
School Counselor
Ext 61142
(510) 723-3170

The best way to get in contact with me is e-mail.


Undergraduate College: UC Berkeley

Degree: B.A.

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies
Minor: Luso-Brazilian Literature

Graduate College: California State University, Hayward

Degree: Pupil Personnel Services Credential (Counseling), M.S. Counseling

Subjects Taught: Peer Assistance, ESL and Counseling

At HHS, I'm part of: Counseling DepartmentAVIDPuente, English Language Learner Program, Secondary Curriculum Council (High School Counselor Representative)

At HHS since: 1985 (As a student, that is!). As a Counselor, since 2000.

Counseling since: 1995

Anecdotal Information: The Hayward High story goes way back to the late 60's when my parents met each other while both teaching at Hayward High.  (My father, Nelson Gonsalves, retired after teaching at HHS for 34 years!)  While I attended HHS as a student, I met my wife. (No, we were not high school sweethearts!)  My wife, Jennifer, taught at Burbank Elementary and now teaches at HHS as a Spanish and Health teacher. 

Previous schools: Mt. Eden High School, Instituto Americano (Valencia, Spain), Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil), Carter Middle School (Oakland)

Awards: 2010 Educator of the Year, California League of High Schools, Region IV

Professional Associations: HEA/CTA/NEA, AVID

Born: Hayward, CA

I grew up in: Hayward, CA

I attended high school at: Hayward High School    Go Farmers!

Hobbies include: Foreign Languages, Traveling at every possible opportunity, Volleyball, Tennis, Soccer, Basketball, Technology, Roller Blading, Cooking, La Piazza (La Piazza é Mia!)

Favorite thing about HHS: We are a microcosm of the United States and all its diversity and richness.  As a student, HHS prepared me for the world.

Favorite Quotes: 

Be the change you wish to see in the world.  -Mathatma Gandhi

Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.  -Marian Wright Edelman

Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just stand there.  -Will Rogers

Be friendly to everyone.  Those who deserve it the least need it the most.  -Bo Bennett