Born in Mexico City, Mexico but raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. He created his own Bachelors degree titled Social Justice Pedagogy, and received his Masters degree in Sociology and Education from Columbia University, Teachers College.
In 2019, Joél-Léhi was named as one of Utah's 20 in their 20s. He has been a leader in the Education Justice Movement for over ten years. Has taught inside and outside the classroom Health, Ethnic Studies, English, Spanish, Karate and Dance.