Behind “We are M & N”
M for Maria | N for Núria
“We are M & N” is a project lead by Maria and Núria, two Catalans from St Albans who after many lunches, concerts, walks, chats and bunches of laughter decided to join their personal drives and professional experiences to create a programme inspired by their walks of life.
M & N are nice, hardworking, sociable (sometimes too much), good hosts (Maria is the hostess with the mostess), genuine, funny, curious, and most of all, good friends. As well as providing a good offering of services around languages, with “We are M & N” they want to share those things they know and they love more about the city of St. Albans city where they both live now.
They are passionate about discovering and about the way people from around the world do things. They have a keen interest in teaching foreign languages and are currently teaching to local children and keen adults.
Here is a bit more about their lives and how they got here today.
M for Maria
Maria is from Barcelona, Solsona and Menorca but has lived in England for the past twenty-three years. In her professional career she thrived at organising events and managing marketing initiatives for companies in the tourist sector. After trying the financial world and realising in her own words “ accounts is the most boring thing in the world” she now teaches Spanish to children and adults, and she loves it.
Maria is very sociable and she is possibly one of the most known people in St. Albans. As a keen host she loves cooking and having people around her house. She is involved in the community and volunteers at a local homeless centre. Maria lives with her husband, her two children, a couple of Watford footballers and 2 guinea pigs. And most importantly, her house is always your house.
N for Núria
Núria is from Girona, but she has lived in Barcelona, Wolverhampton, London, Tarragona and since 2017 she lives in St. Albans.
Ants in her pants loves travelling, reading, enjoys Asian cuisine, a good wine, and can’t live without matcha tea ( in any kind of form or shape). Whilst in St. Albans, she has learnt that it doesn’t rain as much as people say, that being surrounded by acres of fields and interesting forests stops you from missing the sea that much. English cuisine is boring, no way! Nuria says English cuisine is varied and can be exotic, and she really enjoys it.
There is a never-ending list of cultural activities on offer in England and Nuria loves that. Most importantly, Brexit aside, what she loves about British people is that they are welcoming, they have a smashing sense of humour and they like to get involved in social projects.
Rashmi Joshi – English Language coach
Rashmi is a born and bred Londoner who now divides her time between her home in north London and historic St. Albans.
Rashmi’s career to date has focussed predominantly in the training and education sector where she is dedicated to creating growth opportunities and improving social, education, employment and life outcomes for all. Through her work, Rashmi has had the opportunity to observe at first hand the impact that low levels of literacy at school can have on the academic, personal and social development of young people and has developed various funded programmes to improve their propensity for future positive social mobility.
In October 2020, Rashmi joined the We Are M&N team. As an English Language Coach, she brings together her interests, skills and experience of working with people in a mentoring and coaching capacity to create an open, supportive and non-judgemental space where she can help students steadily grow in their ability, confidence and enjoyment of communicating in English.
Rashmi has a very social character and loves how a good conversation has the power to transport people to new worlds of connection, laughter, knowledge and creativity. She is also volunteer with The Literacy Pirates, a charity where she coaches primary and secondary school pupils to improve their English reading, writing and speaking skills.