Skip to main content

Paul Gonsalves

Need an appointment?

Please e-mail Counseling Assistant Sonya Brooks to set up a meeting with me.  During the Coronavirus facilities closure, we are still making appointments with families as always but will, of course, set up a phone meeting.  In many cases, we will suggest we use videoconferencing so we can share our screens with you.  We might also be able to address your concern or inquiry via e-mail.  

Need a letter of recommendation?

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 on 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

Hello and welcome to 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 career goals!

During the Coronavirus facilities closure, please contact me via email and I'll usually get back to you within the same day.  In many cases, we can set up a phone call and/or video conference. You can also click here to book a specific appointment time with me during my new office hours every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 12:30-2 so that we can Zoom or do a traditional phone call.   

We'll make it through this together!

You'll find many of your questions on this School Closure FAQs from HHS Counselors.

Stay well and stay connected.

Paul Gonsalves
Guidance Counselor

My Weekly Schedule
Daily Schedule
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 
8-4pm 8-4pm 8-4pm 8-4pm 8-4pm
Lunch Schedule
12:15-12:45 12:15-12:45 11:30-12 11:30-12 12:15-12:45





How may I assist you?

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 Language
  • AP Support Coordinator (with Hayes)
  • Chabot Liason
  • College Talk (Dec)
  • Counseling Department Chair
  • Counselor Meetings (Thursdays)
  • 8th Grade Shadow Day
  • Google Apps Support (Calendar, Gmail, Drive, Docs)
  • PPS Interns Coordinator
  • Programming Coordinator 
  • Webmaster
Plus General Counselor Responsibilities which include:
Gonsalves 6.jpg

Paul Gonsalves
Guidance Counselor
Ext 61142 (not active during closure)
(510) 723-3170

Office Hours during Facilities Closure: 
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 

Click here to book a specific appointment time with me. (personal or school gmail account required)
... or click here during office hours (no gmail required).

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 DepartmentAVID, 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