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Roger Quarles

Roger Quarles

Roger Quarles is Executive Director of the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation.

Having served as an Idaho teacher, principal, superintendent, and ultimately chief deputy state superintendent, Roger has a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing rural education, and appreciates the fierce independence of Idaho and Idahoans alike. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2013, Roger was co-director of the Idaho Leads project at Boise State University’s Center for School Improvement and Policy Studies, and served as an Assistant Professor in the Executive Educational Leadership Program. Roger remains active in the business community through his service on a variety of boards, including Chairman of the Teach For America Regional Board. He is an avid outdoorsman and tennis player.


We invest our resources based on a passion for limitless learning, innovation, and strong communities. We are dedicated to expanding ways to learn and enhancing sense of place and community for all Idahoans.

The Report Card No Idaho Parent Wants

What would happen in your household if your child came home with a report card filled with a few Cs, quite a few Ds and some Fs?

By Roger Quarles

Launching Mission43 and Creating Communities for Veterans to Lead Idaho

Coming out of the 4th of July weekend, it’s a great time to reflect on what makes our nation great as well as the patriots, who at great personal risk, have willingly stepped up with great courage to protect her. Greatness doesn’t just happen—it’s a process built in trust over time and is based on timeless values, a commitment to the greater good and with leaders worth following.

Super Powers Within Reach for Idaho Students

Four years ago, Sal Khan presented his vision of a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere to a sold out crowd in downtown Boise. He talked about reinventing education and his online learning platform Khan Academy.

Helping Idaho Teens Take the Future into Their Hands

In the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation’s ongoing effort to make the needs and voice of students Idaho’s top priority, I’m especially proud of our latest initiative Buck The Quo.

Board activity benefits Idaho youth

It has been an eventful few weeks at the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation. We’re proud to be a part of several exciting developments in our communities.

Parent, public voice crucial to drive lasting change

In my experience as an educator at the local and state levels, a parent and now the executive director of the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation, I have always embraced the crucial ingredient that drives lasting change in Idaho’s education system: The voice and energy of the public and parents.

Yes We Khan

Three years ago we met Sal Khan, founder of Khan Academy, and talked about new ways to meet educational challenges in Idaho. Khan Academy’s mission is to provide a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere, anytime. Immediately, we wanted in.

Chartering new territory in Idaho

Today in Idaho, 11,000 students are waiting to get lucky … hoping to win the lottery and get in to a free public charter school in Idaho.    

TFA can help Idaho teacher shortage

Idaho is in the grips of a teacher shortage. As a result, no one suffers more than Idaho children. Last year, the U.S. Department […]