MACON COUNTY, AL (WSFA) - Macon County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jacqueline Brooks is always looking to reach new heights. Now, she wants to fall from them. We’re talking 15,000 feet straight down.
The superintendent recently accepted an invitation to join a colleague and other educators from around the country at nearby Fort Benning in Georgia. There, they learned about options students have when looking at a possible career with the military.
Brooks says one of the choices for success her administration promotes to students is to join the military. Not signing up was one of her life regrets, she admitted.
And the day featured something else: A tandem jump from an Army aircraft. Brooks jumped at the opportunity...to jump.
“I am geeked today,” she exclaimed. “I’m ready, and I think I’ll be ready to do it again,” she added. Heights didn’t seem to bother her. She was “ridiculously excited” as the plane climbed into the sky. " I can’t even believe I’m doing this."
Now, she wants her principals and counselors to take part “so we can REALLY see firsthand and highlight the enormous benefits of the military...”
There was someone special in Brooks’ life who did make the decision to join the military. Her mom, Sgt. Major Bernice Austin Alexander.
Alexander died in 1997, but her daughter’s jump was dedicated to her.
There is video of Brooks’ jump. You can watch it above. It starts at around the 1-minute mark.