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Meet one of the superintendent finalists

We now know who the three finalists are for the top job in the Buffalo Public Schools: Pamela Brown, Amber Dixon and Edward Newsome.

Dixon and Newsome will be meeting with the press this week as part of their candidate activities prior to the board interviews on Friday.

Pamela BrownBut Brown, because of a family emergency, was not able to come to town this week. She'll be heading to Buffalo as soon as her situation permits.

But you don't have to wait to meet her.

Here's a clip from WTBN from two years ago, when she was a finalist for the superintendency in Youngstown, Ohio.

In it, Brown -- former assistant superintendent and interim chief academic officer in Philadelphia -- talks about growing up in Mississippi until the age of 9, then having her mother move Brown and her siblings to Los Angeles for better educational opportunities.

After growing up in a low-income, single-parent household, Brown earned a full scholarship to Stanford, she said. She talks about being able to relate to the challenges faced by students in an urban district.

And what does she say is essential for improving student performance?

"When there’s strong instruction and strong support offered in the school setting, it makes all of the difference in the world," she said. "And it does, in fact, account for the majority for the gains students are able to make academically."

- Mary Pasciak

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