Growing up in the south end, it was natural that Paul Houpt, mathematics teacher & house coordinator, decided that DeSales was the place he wanted to teach. “This part of town is home to me, and I love the DeSales community. I wanted to work in a smaller, tight knit school,” said Mr. Houpt.
As leader of the DeSales house system, Mr. Houpt coordinates fun competitions throughout the year that culminate with house winners in a variety of areas including academics and service hours.”I hope my school spirit is seen in my energy and enthusiasm for this place and this community,” said Mr. Houpt.
Personal motto: Your best effort is always a choice, and if you make it, it will always be good enough.
What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most?
I love watching the growth that happens in our young men from freshman to senior year.
What do you think has been the most positive change/impact since your time at DeSales and why?
In my time here, we have gone from a state of survival to thriving, which says so much about the DeSales community and leadership.
What do you see DeSales doing in the future to make an impact with students and/or the community?
We have a knack for being on the cutting edge of the next big change, particularly with our emphasis on technology. This year’s gaming lab is an excellent example.
Why should alumni and friends support DeSales?
They do support the school because DeSales is a lifelong family.
What have you learned from the students?
I have learned that if you are not authentic, you will lose all credibility very quickly.
What is your proudest moment at DeSales?
Every graduation makes me proud.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
Being a part of raising three happy, healthy kids, and winning the Yearbook Education Award.
What would others be surprised to find out about you?
I think most would be surprised to learn that I’m actually fairly shy and reserved by nature.
How do you spend your summer breaks?
I spend the summer relaxing with my family and catching up around the house.
How do you think the students will remember you and your class?
I think they will remember that we worked hard but had fun. I hope that my students learn that they are unique and invaluable as thinkers and people.
What were you like as a student?
I was quiet, hardworking and determined.