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Parents may contact Counseling Assistant Tammy Alcantara 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 emails within 24  hours.

Students: You're encouraged to come in any day during drop-in office hours.  It's usually better to discuss your concerns in person than over email.  Come on in!


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

Paul Gonsalves

Welcome to my staff webpage! 

Let’s team up and make this a great year for all of us.  Please know I am very available via email and drop-in office hours.  I am here to support you!

Have a great year!

Mr. Gonsalves


Need to chat?  I am very available!  

Drop-in OFFICE HOURS are in-person and EVERY school day

Before school, during nutrition, lunch, and after school 

Thank you for not missing not even a second of class to see me!  



These are some areas that I am in charge of:

Students F - J

and AVID

Freshman Comprehensive Counseling Plan

Counselor Liaison for World Languages & Health / College & Career Planning P

AP Support Coordinator

AVID Counselor

Chabot Liaison
College Talk (Dec.)

Counseling Department Chair/Meetings

Course Catalog Committee Chair
PPS Interns Coordinator
Site Curriculum Council, School Site Council

Programming Coordinator

Shadow Day Coordinator

Website, Google Workspace, HHS Mobile App


Plus General Counselor Responsibilities which include:

  • Academic Interventions
  • AB1802 Academic Reviews (Seniors and others)
  • A-G College Planning
  • Assist with 504s (Admin) and IEPs (Case Managers)
  • Chabot Concurrent Enrollment
  • Class Balancing
  • Classroom Presentations

  • College Advising
  • C.O.S.T. Meetings, Referrals and Follow Ups
  • Credit Recovery Counseling (Cyber High, BYU, Scout, Chabot)
  • Crisis Interventions
  • District Counselor Meetings (monthly)
  • Financial Aid/FAFSA/Cal Grant/Dream Act
  • Graduation Requirement Counseling
  • Letters of Recommendation

  • Intern Supervision
  • Local Counselor Meetings (every Thursday)
  • New Student Scheduling
  • Parent Communication and Meetings
  • Parent Nights
  • Personal & Social Counseling
  • Programming
  • Referrals to on-site and off-site Agencies
  • SAT/ACT Advising
  • Schedule Changes
  • Scholarships & Awards
  • SST Coordination and Facilitation
  • Test Proctoring Support  (AP, CAASPP)
  • Transcript Analysis

Paul Gonsalves
School Counselor
Ext. 61142
my Zoom link

Undergraduate College(s):    UC Berkeley

Degree(s):  B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies

Graduate College(s): CSU Hayward

Degree(s):  M.S. Counseling (w/PPS Credential)

At HHS, I'm part of:  AVID, Counseling, Technology

At HHS since: 1985 (when I was a student!) and since 2001 as a School Counselor

Previous schools where I taught:  Universidade de Sao Paulo (Brazil), Carter Middle School (Oakland), Mt. Eden High School

Awards: California League of High Schools Educator of the Year (2010-2011)

Hobbies include: All sports, salsa/bachata/chachacha, dancing, foreign languages, exploring, learning

Favorite thing about HHS: This is home!  My father and mother taught here from the late 1960's.  I grew up on this campus.

Favorite Quote:  The only constant in life is change. -Heraclitus (Greek Philosopher)