Dr. Steve Thalheimer, Superintendent of Schools

Superintendent Steve Thailheimer

Steve Thalheimer assumed the role of superintendent at Elkhart Community Schools in January 2019. For the six years prior to joining Elkhart, Thalheimer had served as superintendent for Fairfield Community Schools in Elkhart County after being their assistant superintendent for 5 ½ years. Thalheimer began his career as a middle and high school language arts and social studies teacher in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, where he taught summer school and dual credit courses as well as advising student publications and directing a freshman academy. Thalheimer earned his BA in history and English from Indiana University-Bloomington, his MA in English from the University of Rochester (NY), and his EdS and PhD from Indiana State University.


Tony England, Assistant Superintendent of Exceptional Learners

Anthony England
Tony England joined Elkhart Community Schools in June 2013 as the Director of Student Services. Prior to his role at Elkhart Community Schools, Tony was Director of Special Education at Wabash Miami Area Program, and served in a variety of leadership roles at Warsaw Community Schools. He has also taught at the undergraduate and graduate level at IPFW, Grace College and Manchester College. England earned his bachelor’s degree from Manchester College, master’s degrees from Fordham University and Indiana State University, and his superintendent license from Indiana State University.

Dr. Bradley Sheppard, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction

Dr. Bradley Sheppard
Dr. Bradley Sheppard began his work with Elkhart Community Schools in the fall of 2005 as a Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction. He earned a Bachelor’s degree with a double major in History and Religion (1982), a Master’s in Educational Administration and Supervision (1987), and a Ph.D. in Leadership (2011), all from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI. Prior to Elkhart, he served as Director of Student Teaching and Assistant Professor of Teacher Education at Andrews University.  He has also taught Social Studies and Speech at the high school level in both Michigan and Illinois, and has some experience in secondary administration.  Additionally, Dr. Sheppard has served as an adjunct professor, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Occasionally, he serves on dissertation committees as an external examiner.

Sarita Stevens, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services

Sarita Stevens