Born on the Caribbean island of Nevis, Ira Simmonds received a B.A. in French from St. Francis College, Brooklyn, New York and M.A. and M.Ed. degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University, NY, NY. After a ten-year stint as House Manager at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in NYC, he spent the next twenty-five years in New York City Public Schools as a teacher, Assistant Principal and Acting Principal. He currently works as an educational consultant.