Beto is an educator of 19 years. He has taught social science related topics at multiple public high schools and higher education institutions.
In 2001 Beto earned a Master of Arts degree in Urban Planning at UCLA. Fearing a Mayan apocalypse, in 2009 he returned to UCLA and completed a Ph.D. in Education; he managed to graduate in 2012, a week prior to the anticipated deadline. He is committed to social justice beyond theory.