Faces of 501: Marie Carter

Faces of 501: Marie Carter

Marie Carter, is now a volunteer with Topeka Public Schools. Prior to retiring earlier this year, Carter worked at TPS for 25 years spending her career in the human resources department. Carter started as a benefits clerk, human resources assistant and retiring as the certified personnel manager. Eight years ago she started the middle school intern program at the Burnett Center, giving teens the chance to get work experience in a professional environment to learn what would be required of them in the work force. One of her favorite tasks with the interns is to show them the senior notebook, which they use throughout high school and beyond. 

“I love presenting the senior notebook to the summer interns. They learn to organize, follow-up, write resumes, cover letters and practice oral interviews. This notebook is designed to assist students through their post high school years. When the students are given the opportunity to see what they are capable of…WOW. Many of the students come back to work another summer. There have been students that have graduated out of the program, working with us four to five years, and are doing very well as college students. I tell the students, present yourself professionally in all that you do. Show up for work ready to work, dress appropriately, always BE ON TIME and allow yourself to sit at the table and be heard, especially the young ladies.” 

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