Meet Our Team

Mercy Ishida

Mercy Ishida

Franchisee and Executive Director

Hello, my name is Mercy Ishida, and I am the Executive Director and Franchise Owner of multiple Building Kidz School locations.

My genuine and inborn love for children was evident to me at an early age and it was what led me to Building Kidz
19 years ago. Here is where I began my journey and career as an early childhood educator and where I had the opportunity to hold various positions that now serve as a strong foundation for my commitment to offering a positive early-year education experience for all children.

I truly believe that combining an environment that focuses on developing a child’s self-esteem, the
incorporation of performing arts, and exposure to an enhanced academic curriculum provides a unique and
exceptional early childhood experience that will significantly impact each child’s long-life love for learning. I find so much joy and pride in watching each child achieve different milestones and grow in all areas of development. I strongly believe in the importance of creating partnerships with our families to ensure each child’s individual needs are met and cared for.

I hold an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. Outside of my career, my husband and I have three beautiful children who are proud Building Kidz graduates. In my spare time, I enjoyed traveling and exploring new places, cooking, and making memories with my family.

 

Sophin Francis

Sophin Francis

Director

Hi! My name is Sophin Francis. I was born and raised in San Francisco. I have a son named Syheir, who has filled my heart and time. I have an Associate’s Degree in Child Development and Family Studies. I have over 9 years of experience working in Early Childhood Education. My favorite part about being an educator is being able to connect with all the children and their families. I love watching and being a part of every small or big milestone each child accomplishes. As a Director I strive to support the staff with their creative thoughts and unique teaching styles. I also strive to create the best parent partnership with each family. With the teamwork of staff, children, and families I aim to create an amazing
learning environment for the children. I value expressing love and warmth to help the children connect with you and feel safe. Although this job can be challenging at times, I wouldn’t change it for the WORLD!

The best thing about working at Building Kidz is the moments when a child smiles back at me or shows me how excited they are to arrive at school and learn. I strive to create a safe space a child can call their second home. I want my family to know that I will always be there for them and be there to support them through their child’s growth and
development.