As a fourth-generation Michigan schoolteacher, Terese has had a passion for creativity, innovation, arts, and learning since she was a little girl. When Terese started Kindergarten at Parchment North Elementary her favorite activities were reading, talking, singing around Mrs. Jo’s piano, playing in the big wooden house in their classroom, and Mrs. Moore’s music class. These nurturing elements of early childhood guided her toward a love of the arts, a passion for community involvement and organization, and a desire to perform and help others find the joy of performing.
Terese graduated from PHS in 1982. She performed in school musicals and Choraliers, was active in Sing Out Kalamazoo and the Kalamazoo Civic, and taught Aerobicise to children and adults as she worked her way through college at WMU. When the first seeds of the Kindleberger plays were planted in the minds of a group of Parchment community members, she was on board and has been involved in some way ever since! She went on to perform in at least seven of the productions in the park with her favorites being Glinda in Wizard of Oz, Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof, and Mrs. Mayor in Seussical. She was the Performing Arts chairperson for the festival for many years, participated in or judged Parchment Stars Dance many times, volunteered in various capacities with the children’s area and the productions, and ran in many of the 5Ks.
After teaching first grade for 32 years at Parchment Central Elementary, Terese retired in 2019 and is now working there part-time as a reading support aide. She is still an active supporter of the arts and is honored to be this year’s Parade Grand Marshal.
“I have been practicing my parade wave since I was five, and now I know why. Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard over the past 40 years to continue bringing this amazing event to fruition every year. I dedicate this honor to my late husband, Don Banner, who grew up across the street from the park, became involved in the Festival as a volunteer and performer himself, and embraced my endeavors in the arts wholeheartedly.”