“My students are not special because of their needs, but because of their gifts. This has been a guiding mission statement for my career in special education.”

Michael Christian Doughty is in his 19th year of teaching special education at Crowley High School. Working with students with severe/profound disabilities is his passion.

Doughty credits his family for his love of those with exceptionalities. “My parents have always taken an interest in people with special needs. I have a cousin who has a mental disability, and every time I have been around him he makes me smile. His joy is infectious.”

In addition to teaching, Doughty also served as head baseball coach at Crowley High School from 2004-2015.

While living in Alexandria, Louisiana, Doughty received the Civitan Young Citizen Award presented by Mayor Ned Randolph in recognition for service in the community while being a full-time student athlete at Louisiana College. Crowley Rotary Club also presented him with an Outstanding Service Award.

Doughty served as a volunteer coach at the Crowley Recreation Department for 23 years and at Iota High School since 2016.

Christian was raised in Crowley and graduated from Notre Dame High School. He received a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana College where he was also a member of the baseball team. Christian also earned a master’s degree from McNeese State University as well as a teaching certification in special education.

Christian is married to Connie Meche Doughty. They are the owners of Rice City Designs in Crowley. The Doughtys have four sons, Mike, who is married to Elea McNeely Doughty, Taylor, Ben and Will all of Crowley. They also have one grandchild, Bo Michael Doughty. Doughty and his family are active members of First Baptist Church, Crowley.