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Comparing the candidates

A number of School Board members had not even seen the three superintendent candidates' resumes before the first two had their interviews last week.

More than one board member, in fact, could not even tell me what districts Edward Newsome and Pamela Brown were from.

Board members told me the resumes were being held -- not at City Hall -- at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, where they were under wraps by Say Yes to Education, apparently so that the resumes could not be leaked to the media.

One board member told me it was too inconvenient to head over to the foundation to review the resumes.

Now that the finalists' names have been released, their resumes, too, have been released from the foundation's Main Street office.

Here's a summary of each candidate's education and work experience -- taken directly from each candidate's resume -- along with a link to each person's full resume:

Pamela BrownPamela C. Brown (complete resume here):

- Senior research and planning associate, Center for Educational Leadership and Technology, Marlborough, Mass., August 2011-present
- Assistant superintendent, chief academic officer, Philadelphia public schools, July 2008-July 2011
- Chief of staff, Richmond, Va., public schools, July 2007-July 2008
- University supervisor of principal interns, Harvard University, August 2006-June 2007
- Principal of Bruns Avenue Academy of Creative Learning (2002-2006), Oaklawn School of Math, Science and Technology (2000-2002), and Reid Park International Academy (1994-2000), Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., schools
- Director of second language acquisition programs, Creighton School District, Phoenix, Ariz., August 1991-February 1994
- Bilingual/cross-cultural specialist, San Francisco schools, December 1987-August 1991
- Bilingual teacher, Clark County schools, Las Vegas, September 1986-December 1987
- Bilingual teacher, Los Angeles schools, January 1978-June 1984

- Harvard University, Ed.D. in administration, planning and social policy, 2010
- Harvard University, Ed.M. in education policy and management, 2007
- San Francisco State University, M.S.Ed. in educational administration, 1991
- University of Southern California, bilingual teacher certification, 1981
- Stanford University, B.A. in Spanish, 1976

Amber Dixon candidateAmber M. Dixon (complete resume here):

- Interim superintendent, Buffalo Public Schools, September 2011-present
- Executive director of evaluation, accountability and project initiatives, Buffalo Public Schools, January 2008-September 2011
- Executive director of project initiatives, Buffalo Public Schools, March 2006-January 2008
- Acting director of curriculum, Buffalo Public Schools, September 2005-March 2006
- Supervisor of school-wide programs and accountability, Buffalo Public Schools, May 2001-September 2005
- Math teacher, Buffalo Public Schools, May 1991-May 2001

- Canisius College, (no degree stated), school administration
- University at Buffalo, Ed.M., mathematics education
- Medaille College, B.S., elementary education

Newsome candidateEdward Newsome Jr. (complete resume here):

- Assistant superintendent, middle schools, Baltimore County schools, 2011- present
- Director of school performance, Montgomery County schools, 2006-2011
- Principal, Maryvale Elementary School: French Immersion, Montgomery County, 2004-2006
- President/CEO, Flight to Excellence Educational Consultants, 1995-present
- Adjunct professor, Bowie State University, 1994-present/Trinity University (no dates given)
- Principal, Stephen Decatur Middle School, Prince George's County schools, 1999-2003
- Chief educational administrator/assistant superintendent, Surrattsville Community of Schools, Prince George's County, 1995-1999
- Chief educational administrator/assistant superintendent, Forestville Community of Schools, Prince George's County (no dates given), principal - Forestville High School
- Principal - Indian Queen Elementary School - Prince George's County, 1991-1995
- Vice principal, Oxon Hill High School, Prince George's County, 1989-1991
- Teacher, North Forestville Elementary School, Prince George's County, 1986
- Principal, Calvary Temple Christian School, Sterling, Va., 1985-1986
- Head teacher, National Children's Center, Washington, D.C., 1980-1985
- Developmental technician, Southeastern Virginia Training Center, 1977-1980
- Teacher, J.C. Nalle Elementary School, 1974-1977

- Nova Southeastern University, Ed.D., educational leadership
- Bowie State University, M.Ed., administration and supervision
- Elizabeth City State University, B.S., early childhood education

- Mary Pasciak

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Denise Jewell Gee

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