Stephanie James is currently the center manager for Matrix Head Start at the Eastlake Center. Stephanie joined the Matrix team in 2014 as a early Head Start teacher before becoming an assistant center manager and now center manager. During her time at Matrix she has built many relationships with the staff and families served and believes that is the best part of her job. In addition to relationship building, Stephanie is passionate and knowledgeable in Early Childhood Studies and holds a BA in Early Childhood Studies from Rochester University. Her interest in Early Childhood Studies started through her motherhood journey. Shortly after the birth of her son, she would volunteer in her son’s Head Start classroom and was intrigued by development of children in the class. In the future, Stephanie wishes to manage her own daycare program to support the work of many Head Start programs in the city of Detroit.