David Rago, PhD

Title: Chair and Associate Professor of Special Education
Company: National University Sanford College of Education
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

David Rago, PhD, Chair and Associate Professor of Special Education at the National University Sanford College of Education, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in special education.

Backed by three decades of professional expertise, Dr. Rago got his start in education upon earning a Bachelor of Arts in European history from the University of California, San Diego in 1989, a Master of Arts in special education from Point Loma Nazarene University in 2001 and a Doctor of Philosophy in special education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2013. Dr. Rago gravitated to special education in his first year of teaching as he began working in a general education class. He was a teacher at Naabi Ann Elementary from 1992 to 1994 before pivoting to being a special educator at Farmington Municipal Schools in New Mexico, San Ysidro School District in California, where he was honored as Teacher of the Year in 2002, and B. Mahlon Brown Junior High in Las Vegas, where he was named Employee of the Month in 2008.

Progressing in his career, Dr. Rago went on to be a high school resource teacher at Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, an instructor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, a special education teacher Helen C. Cannon Junior High School and an assessment instructor for the University of Phoenix between 2011 and 2014. Subsequently, he joined the faculty at the National University Sanford College of Education, where he first taught as an assistant professor and then associate professor, having also taken on the role as chair of the Department of Special Education in 2020. Looking ahead, Dr. Rago would like to be continuing in a leadership role while improving his knowledge in special education. He envisions himself becoming a leader in special education and higher education topics, which goes along with his intention to engage more in research and writing.

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