Gustavo Shinzato

Academic Counselor
PC 235

I was born in Lima, Peru and came to the United States when I was 4-years old. I emigrated with my mother and older sister to join my father who came to the U.S. before us. My parents settled in San Francisco and growing up in the city was amazing. 

I attended George Washington High School and then the University of California, Davis. I majored in Political Science but found I did not want to be in politics or a lawyer. During my time in Davis, I was the Co-Coordinator for the EOP Information Office where I coordinated the Peer Advising Office. It's working with EOP that made me realize that I wanted to work with students and thus I went on to the University of San Fransisco to get my Master's in Counseling Psychology. 

I have worked within the public education system for 14 years starting as the 8th grade counselor at James Lick Middle School in San Fransisco and then becoming the Dean of Students at San Jose Middle School in Novato. The last 6 years I was a counselor for Novato High School. Having the opportunity to be a part of the Gateway to College program is a privilege and I am excited to begin this new journey.

In my spare time, I run around with my three kids, one daughter and two sons. We enjoy going on hikes, picnics at the beach, playing at the park, playing some X-box, watching Netflix, playing with Legos and Transformers and pretty much just being a big kid. (My wife will say she has 4 children). My wife is also an educator in Petaluma. We both enjoy Petaluma and find it a great place to raise our children and a place where we can make a positive impact with the students of this community.