Steve Hovanic assumed the duties of Chief of Staff for DoDEA Americas (formerly the Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools) in October 2010. Prior to that, Hovanic served as an Instructional Systems Specialist at the DDESS Area Service Center in Peachtree City, Georgia and was responsible for the curricular areas of AVID, Career Technical Education, School Improvement, Mathematics and other related duties. Mr. Hovanic began his career in education in 1982 as a high school vocational teacher, coach and school administrator in the Virginia public schools and joined DoDEA/DDESS in 1996 as an Assistant Principal at Quantico Middle-High School. He was named Principal of Dahlgren Unit School in March of 2001 and served in that capacity until July of 2008.
Mr. Hovanic attended the United States Military Academy, West Point and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Technology Education at East Tennessee State University where he also earned his Master of Arts Degree in Education. He earned his school administrator licensure from the University of Virginia and hold’s a Superintendent’s License in Virginia and DoDEA. He is an honorably discharged veteran.
Mr. Hovanic grew up in the military family setting and was born in Tokyo, Japan and as a child, lived all over the world as the son of a career Air Force Non- Commissioned Officer. He appreciates the many opportunities and challenges of educating and serving the children of our armed forces members as well as federal civilian children living in a military community.
Mr. Hovanic is married to the former Ana Olmos of Zacatecas, Mexico and they reside in Sharpsburg, Georgia. They enjoy travelling and spending time with family and friends. Mr. Hovanic has two adult sons and his wife has an adult daughter all of whom reside outside their home. Mr. Hovanic is an active high school football official and is a member of the West Georgia High School Football Official Association and is a member of St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Newnan, Georgia.
Mr. Thomas M. Brady
HQ DoDEA Director
Dr. Beth Schiavino-Narvaez, Ed.D
HQ Chief Academic Officer
Mr. Robert M. Brady
HQ Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Jay Burcham
HQ Chief of Staff