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.

Christine Mercado

Christine Mercado

Director

My name is Christine Mercado and I am the Director of Building Kidz in Oceana Pacifica. I began working with the company in 2018 in the Infant and Toddler classroom in Building Kidz South San Francisco. I then transitioned over to
Building Kidz Oceana Pacifica in 2020 to teach the Two’s program and moved to teach the Three’s program in 2021. I am thrilled and motivated to work with the staff and children in my role as Director.

My educational background includes a degree in Early Childhood Education and Allied Health from Skyline College. I’ve been in the Early Childhood Education field for over 10 years, accumulating valuable experience in working with children and families in a classroom setting. Throughout my teaching career, I have explored different age groups including infant/toddler and preschool.

I am passionate about instilling confidence in children and being able to contribute towards their lifelong love for learning. I am humbled by the opportunity to watch the children under my care grow and learn. I am dedicated to creating an environment where children feel safe, loved, and cared for. I am equally passionate about being an effective leader to my peers by striving to be authentic, trustworthy, and optimistic in all aspects. I am dedicated to continuing to gain knowledge about the field of early childhood. During my free time, I love to spend time with my husband and our two girls creating lasting memories together.