Hi. My name is Steve Hrovat. I have been teaching sixth grade at Greenbrier since 1991 and truly feel fortunate that I have been a part of such a great school and community.
I grew up in the Phoenix area with my six brothers and sisters, including one who teaches at a middle school just a few miles away. I went to Manzanita Elementary School and then Cortez High School. After high school, I joined the Army Reserve as a Military Police Correctional Specialist. While in the Army I was also trained as a Cook (they needed Prison Guards with a cooking background to oversee the prisoner cooks - can't have prisoners sneaking out with the knives....) and Intelligence Analyst. It was all interesting and, more importantly, helped me get through college financially.
I attended Glendale Community College and Arizona State University's West Campus to attain my Bachelor's Degree and teaching certification. I then acquired my Master's Degree in Counseling from Northern Arizona University's local classes. It was there that I met my wife in 1996.My wife works for Banner Health as a Clinical Program Manager for Telebehavioral Health. Prior to that job, she was a Crisis Therapist in the Emergency Department at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center.We have two kids, a daughter and a son, both of whom went to Greenbrier from kindergarten through sixth grade and then Highland Lakes for middle school.
Our daughter did Hip Hop with Donna Crawford at Greenbrier long ago, and then got involved in softball and swim before becoming a member of Deer Valley High School's Student Government. She attended ASU's downtown campus for her first two years of college. She graduated from ASU in December 2014 (Go Devils!). She is married. Her husband is in the Navy as an Independent Duty Corpsman currently stationed in the San Diego area. She has two kids, so we are grandparents. She was an awesome child and grew into a great adult.
Our son played competitive baseball for several years with various teams before leaving baseball to focus solely on his running. Two notable baseball moments were playing a tournament in Omaha during the College World Series and then playing on the 2010 Arrowhead All Star team that came in 3rd in the state. Also, he ran Cross Country at Highland Lakes and Mountain Ridge.He graduated from Barrett, The Honors College at ASU in May 2019 with a degree in Biological Medicine. During his college years he worked at The Mayo Clinic doing research, and he continued that after he graduated. Prior to that, he did volunteer work at Banner Thunderbird Hospital, Children's First Leadership Academy (a school for the homeless), and a homeless shelter in downtown Phoenix, where he prescreened those needing medical assistance.I spend my free time hiking and running with my wife. We have completed many races, from smaller 5k's up to a full marathon and even several Ragnars, both road running and trail running. I even completed a 5K with our dog and I am proud to say we were the third place dog / human team!!! As for hiking, we are frequently at local trails at Sunrise Mountain and Thunderbird. Other notable hikes we have completed include the Grand Canyon, Humphrey's Peak, Bear Mountain, Flatiron, Kendrick Peak, Mount Elden, O'Leary Peak, and Groom Creek.Our adventures this summer were highlighted by completing the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim hike down the North Kaibab Trail to Phantom Ranch and then up to the South Rim via Bright Angel Trail for a total of about 24 miles with over 5,000 feet of elevation gain. It was a long day but very much worth it. We were scheduled to do that hike in 2020 but COVID restrictions kept us from completing it. We followed that hike by skydiving at the Grand Canyon the next day, which was an amazing experience as well.I love my job and appreciate the time I get to spend with America's future. It always amazes me how much they grow up in one school year and I really take joy seeing them years after sixth grade and hearing about how their life has turned out.Updated 3/3/2022