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

Sarita Stevens joined the Elkhart Community Schools in the fall of 2017 as the Principal of Elkhart Academy. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University in Journalism Mass Communications/Marketing, a Master’s in Education from Purdue University and an Ed.S. in School Leadership from Indiana State University in 2018. Prior to joining Elkhart, she served as the Head Principal of Thea Bowman Leadership Academy in Gary. Prior to this assignment, she served on the Gary Community School Corporation’s district leadership team as the Director of Public Relations/ Communications.

Kevin Scott, Chief Financial Officer

Kevin Scott
Kevin Scott joined the administrative team at Elkhart Community Schools in May 2016. Prior to Elkhart Community Schools, Kevin was the Chief Financial Officer at Warsaw Community Schools, a position he held since 2004. He has also worked in a variety of finance and accounting roles in industry sectors that included printing, orthopedics and agricultural equipment. Kevin received his bachelor’s degree from Ball State University and his master’s degree from Indiana Institute of Technology. Kevin is currently a member of the executive committee of the Indiana Association of School Business Officials.

Douglas Thorne, District Counsel/Chief of Staff 

Doug Thorne
Doug Thorne joined Elkhart Community Schools in January 2002. Prior to his role at Elkhart Community Schools, Doug was active in the Elkhart community in private law practice and also served as a Labor Relations Specialist with the Ohio School Boards Association. Doug earned his bachelor’s degree (1981) from Macalester College and his juris doctorate degree (1986) from the University of Toledo College in 1986. He was admitted to the practice of law in Ohio in 1986 and Indiana in 1993.