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Captain Bubbles Fitzroy
Captain Bubbles Fitzroy

Chris Allan

About me

I have taught at Kathryn Hughes since 2001, in either 4th, 5th, or a combination of the two.  Prior to becoming a teacher I worked at concerts from Portland through Los Angeles and out to Colorado, but decided to grow up and be a teacher.  My degree in liberal studies is from San Francisco State, my teaching credential likewise, and I have a master's degree in teacher leadership from San Jose State University.  Next up - I hope to get a doctoral degree in education. 

I live in Santa Clara with Captain Bubbles Fitzroy the Rescue Dog.  He is a little over 5 years old, and a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel mix (I think mixed with long haired Chihuahua). In addition, we have a beautiful black cat who is a year old, MoonShadow Midnight, Thane von Floof.  (His name was chosen by last year's students.) My son, Ethan, is about to turn 20, and a junior in college at Wheaton in Massachusetts.   He is working on his double major of International Relations and Macroeconomics remotely, currently from Colorado. I like to read, travel, volunteer at the local animal shelter, go to the movies, walk the dog, and spend time with my 91 year old mother.  This past summer, I read and walked the dog.  A lot.  Someday I hope to get back to travel, volunteering, and the movies!


And now, I can't wait to get to know all of the new families!


Recent Reads Corner

Reading is one of my passions... always has been.  And I love to share and discuss great books.  I am going to start posting some book recommendations here, and if anyone would like to recommend a book for children OR adults, email me and I will include it here.


Garvey's Choice by Nikki Grimes

I was looking for a book on Epic that would be a good read aloud.  I was looking for picture books, but stumbled across this instead.  It is told in tanka poetry form - a simple short stanza with specified syllables.  At any rate, it is the story of a boy who is talented and interested in many things, but not the things that his father thinks he should like.  In addition, he is "round."  Through the course of the book, he learns to be proud of himself for who he is, and his father becomes proud as well.  I read the book in one sitting and basically forgot that I was reading in verse.  I would highly recommend this for any student who struggles to find out who he or she is, or for any parent who has a child with differing interests from your own.  Four stars!

Always have a book, wherever you go...
Always have a book, wherever you go...
Class Meetings

Class will start promptly at 8:15 each morning.  We will have live lessons for the first part of the morning, and then students will be asked to work independently on assignments, while I pull in small groups.  Everyone will meet with me in small groups during the course of the week, generally more than once a week.  While students are working independently it is expected that they will be able to keep their chromebook on and the meeting open so that they can hear me if I am calling them back in.  

Reading each day
Reading each day

Funds are tight for everyone all over... If you find yourself in a position to pick up a book or two, we have a wishlist!  You can go to

and buy books there, or print the list and find them elsewhere.  New, used - it is all good!


There are non-books on the list; please ignore all non-book items until we are back in class,