Deep Culture Exploration By Brier Fox

Introduction: My name is Brier Marie Fox and I am from Council Grove, Kansas. I am a junior at Kansas State University, majoring in Elementary Education with an emphasis in English and minoring in English with an emphasis in writing. My deep culture exploration will answer questions about me, my family, and the ways in which I grew up.

How does my family identify ethnically or racially? White

My immediate family: My father (David), my mother (Joany), me, my brother (Matthew), my sister-in-law (Brittany)

Where am I from? I was born in raised in Council Grove, Kansas, a small rural community

My hometown, Council Grove, Kansas

My family's story in America: My great-grandmother on my mother's side was the first to come to America, from France. My father's side has some Scottish and German descent, however, the earliest known family members in America are my great-great-great-grandparents.

France, Germany, and Scotland flags, which represent where my family members came from to America

My family's economic status: Middle class family- both of my parents are small business owners in Council Grove. I have always witnessed and admired my parents' hard work and believe I have had a great quality of life and learned that money cannot buy happiness.

Family and College: On my mom's side, my great-great-grandfather was the first to attend college to become a doctor. My great-grandmothers attended college to be a nurse and teacher, and my grandfather attended Washburn University to become a lawyer, all while keeping a job, being a husband, and raising 5 young children. My mom attended college here at K-State and then went on to beauty school, and later opened up a preschool. On my dad's side, my dad and his siblings were the first to attend college. My brother attended Dodge City Community College and Tabor College on a football and track scholarships and is now a high school teacher in Sublette, KS, and working towards his Mater's Degree. I am a junior working towards my Bachelor's Degree and hope to one day complete my Master's Degree.

Some Family Traditions: Gathering at and Celebrating Christmas (Chinese gift exchange, Elves and Santa leave notes), Easter (Easter basket and Easter Bunny leaves a note), Thanksgiving, and 4th of July; Swimming (Family has managed the pool for over 40 years); Hunting and unique foods we eat: deer, caribou, bear, pheasant, quail, dove, turkey, frog; Fishing; The outdoors; Playing the game Trouble; Taking Family Vacations; Family nicknames; Family Prayer: "For all we eat, for all we wear, for all we have everywhere, we thank the Heavenly Father. Amen." TL: When someone hears something nice that someone said about you, you have to tell them something nice that you heard someone say about them before they can tell you yours.

Who were some heroes celebrated in my family/community? My grandparents are thought of as heroes in my family for all that they have done to raise such close-knit families and instill the values and beliefs of our family. My grandfather Glen Skeen was a Navy Veteran of WWII, and is seen as a hero for our country. In the community in which I grew up, doctors, nurses, EMS personnel, firefighters, and soldiers were seen as local heroes, as well as a man by the name of Don McNeal.

"Witty" family sayings: "Goody, Goody," "Ay Caramba!," "Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in awhile," "You've got a letter in your mailbox," "Your barn door is open," "Howl at the moon and bark at the dogs"

Family Stories and Core Values: The stories below are some of the stories that are regularly told in my family. I think these stories bring up the core values of a strong work ethic and passion, which have led to traditions in my family.

My great-grandmother was from France. Her name was Mary Frances. Since she lived in France, everyone pronounced her name, "Marie." When she was 18, she legally changed her name to Marie Frances. Numerous people in my family, including me, have been given the middle name Marie after her.

Women in my family named after Marie Harsh

My grandfather went to war at 17 and was in the original picture of raising the flag at the Battle of Iwo Jima. However, the flag fell down and when the picture was retaken, he was in the next row.

Both of my mother's grandfathers were named Turk. One of them, Turk Harsh, is in the Cowboy Hall of fame.

My dad was the first boy to ever throw a no hitter at his high school, and tried out for the Kansas City Royals.

My grandpa was a state champion in pole vault in the 1950's.

My mother was the first girl in the 50 year history of the Council Grove Swim Club to ever go under a minute in the 100 Freestyle.

Dad and Brother's unguided hunting trips to Alaska hunting moose, caribou, and bear.

How I learned what "respect" meant: I was always told to respect all people, not to stare, never to judge, to accept all people, to be kind to others and a friend to all, and to use my manners. I was always told, "if you don't have anything nice to say, then don't say anything at all." I learned that disrespect was being rude, using bad manners, back-talking, ignoring people, judging others, and doing what you are told not to do.

How I was trained to respond to emotional displays: Crying: I was taught that it is okay to cry, and sometimes you just need to. I was encouraged to talk about my feelings with my family. Anger: My mom always told me that when she was angry with me, she wasn't trying to hurt my feelings, but trying to teach me a lesson. I usually dealt with anger by spending some time alone, and then to compromise. happiness: I was always encouraged to express my happiness and to pass it on to others. I was told to give out a smile and a compliment every day.

Interacting With Authority Figures: To me, authority figures were assumed to be adults, teachers, and elders. I was expected to listen to them, do what they say, to treat them with kindness and respect, to use my manners around them, and to know that they usually are there to help you.

Calling Adults By Their First Name: In the community that I grew up in, I knew and had family connections with a lot of people. Usually elders and teachers and doctors I called by their title (Ms., Mrs., Mr., Dr.) My parents did stress that it is important to acknowledge a person's name when you are speaking with them. I can remember getting talked to when seeing my teacher and he said, "Hi, Brier," and I responded with, "Hi" instead of "Hi, Mr. England."

What Got Me Shunned: Back-talking, lying, not doing chores, not helping out

What I was Praised For: Good behavior, hard work, achievements in activities/sports, good grades, honesty

Family Relationship with Time: In my family, time is definitely a precious thing, especially after experiencing the loss of several loved ones. Family time and spending time with those you love is very valuable. In my family, we also understand that sometimes we have to spend time apart to devote to jobs and careers, in order to support our family.

Students in the Classroom: Some behaviors I want my students to have in the classroom include self-motivation, collaboration, communication, goal oriented, punctuality, organization, and engagement. Through being a student and being able to observe classroom environments, I have formed these expectations. Growing up, I did not have much diversity in the schools I attended. I was not exposed to a variety of racial or ethnic groups in the classroom. However, I believe that intelligence is highly influenced from a person's experiences, whether that be at home or at school. I don't believe that any particular group is smarter over another. As a teacher, I will set high expectations for all students so that they are successful and are capable of reaching goals, no matter their cultural diversity.

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