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 Middle School just a few miles away. I also have two nieces and a nephew at Deer Valley High School. 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 (strangely, 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 is 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 Therapsit in the Emergency Department at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center.We have two kids, a twenty-nine year old daughter and a twenty-three year old son, both of whom went to Greenbrier for kindergarten through sixth grade. Also, we have two very young grandchildren.
My daughter did Hip Hop with Donna Crawford at Greenbrier long ago, and then got involved in softball and swim before being 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 stationed in Virginia, so they live on the other side of the country. She was an awesome child and has grown into a great adult.
My son played competitive baseball for several years on various teams before leaving baseball to focus solely on his running. For baseball, he played for many teams, including the AZ Heat and AZ Blackhawks. Additionally, he played several years for Arrowhead Little League (he was on the 2010 Arrowhead All Star team that came in 3rd in the state) and then played at Highland Lakes and Deer Valley High School. In Cross Country, he competed five total seasons in middle school and high school.He graduated from Barrett, The Honors College at ASU in May 2019 with a degree in Biological Medicine and plans to go to Medical School. While applying for medical school and going through that process, he currently works at The Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale doing research. Previously, he has done volunteer work at Banner Thunderbird Hospital, Children's First Ladership 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. As for hiking, we are frequently at local trails at Sunrise Mountain and Thunderbird. Other notable hikes we have completed include the Grand Canyon (down South Kaibab and up Bright Angel), Humphrey's Peak, Bear Mountain, Flatiron, Kendrick Peak, Mount Elden, O'Leary Peak, and Groom Creek. We were scheduled to hike Rim to Rim at the Grand Canyon in September of 2020 but COVID closures made the logisitcs unworkable, so we had to settle for going down South Kaibab and up Bright Angel again. We were actually slower than last year as there was record heat of about 115 degrees at the bottom of the canyon. We just took our time coming up and enjoyed shade and water breaks frequently.I love my job and appreciat 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 9/30/2020