David A. Huoppi

Instructor in Mathematics
The Smith Family Instructorship in Mathematics
David A. Huoppi


A.L.M. Harvard University

B.S. Trinity College


Mr. Huoppi is boarding school born and raised, having grown up in Connecticut on a prep school campus. He started teaching math, in addition to coaching lacrosse and ice hockey, immediately after graduating from college. Since that time he has had wonderful experiences teaching and coaching at a few different independent schools, but the chance to move to Exeter, where his grandfather and uncle are both alums, was an exciting opportunity.

In 2014, Mr. Huoppi joined Exeter’s Math Department and has taught a variety of courses stretching from algebra topics through different levels of calculus. He is a fervent advocate of the use of technology in the math classroom, and he spends much of his free time during the class day helping students with math problems that they find challenging. In the spring, he coaches Exeter’s boys varsity lacrosse team, and he also works with the student Backgammon Club throughout the year. He and his wife reside on campus in Browning House.

Athletics is Mr. Huoppi’s main passion outside of the math classroom. While he doesn’t play as much lacrosse or hockey as he once did, he still spends a lot of time on the squash and tennis courts. He watches as many Boston Bruins and New England Patriots games as he can, and he tries to see the Red Sox play at Fenway Park at least once each summer. He loves to travel and experience other cultures from around the world, especially in Finland, where he connects with his own family’s culture. He spend a great deal of time outdoors as well, where he can ski, hike and kayak.