Mercedes was born in Mexico City, and lived there until her graduation from high school at Colegio Merici. She comes from a Catholic family with ancestors from Spain and France. Mercedes has two brothers and two sisters and a 15-year-old son. She communicates in Mexican Sign Language with her son, with whom she lives in San Clemente, California. She has studied American Sign Language for five years and continues to learn and take courses in American Sign Language and Deaf culture. During the adoption process of her son Mercedes became involved in promoting the education of Deaf children in Ensenada, Mexico. She volunteers part-time as a treasurer for a civil association in Ensenada, Mexico, that hires native signers to instruct Deaf children and teenagers. She also is the founder and financial agent of the California non-profit corporation Hands That Talk, which sends aid to support the payment of teachers of Deaf students who are completing their basic education (preschool to high school).
Mercedes completed a bachelor and master degree in Music. As a Kodaly specialist, she has taught general Music and instrumental Music in several public school districts in southern California since 2001. Spanish was added to her California teaching credential as a World Language authorization. Mercedes loves teaching Spanish and American Sign Language to students in elementary, middle and high school. Learning in general, and particularly about Music and ASL, continue to bring great joy to Mercedes and sharing that experience with learners only deepens that joy.