Jane Simmons joined the NSW Department of Education and Training in 1987 as a music teacher and has held a number of leadership positions across metropolitan Sydney including Principal of a Creative Arts High School. In 2006 she was appointed School Education Director of Northern Sydney's North Shore Network of Schools.

Jane has an interest in creative and innovative curriculums to support teaching and learning and encouraging schools to connect with the wider community. In her leadership roles in the Department, Jane has led a number of programs and initiatives involving quality learning opportunities for the engagement of students in the Middle Year's, creative learning initiatives and programs between primary and secondary schools to support students in the transition years.

She has a Masters Degree in Educational Administration and has taught primary and secondary school students during her career.