trainer-instructor & lifelong learner

  • Advised one or more organizations
  • Earned one or more college degrees
  • Limited-edition achievement recognizing early members of Workfolio
  • Taught a subject or trade to others
  • Spoken in front of an audience about an area of expertise
  • Donates time to philanthropic causes or organizations


Annamaria Jakab-Cerezo
"Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think."  - Albert Einstein
Annamaria Jakab-Cerezo is an innovative young adult educator & trainer with an Adult Education Management Ba, and an Adult Education and Training Masters Degree, living in Chicago, IL.

Her career and life choices have brought her far away from home from Hungary, and made her a true citizen of the World. During her international studies and work experience she has formed a very unique set of knowledge, skills and point of view on education and training, more precisely on atypical learning-teaching methods, instructional technology, and the development of non-technical skills combined with factual knowledge and technical aspects.

By the age of 26 she has been through a number of great internship experiences, worked as a communication assistant at one of the leader communication agencies in Belgium, and had the opportunity to really try herself while running her own project (as a quasi division of a company) developing, organizing and delivering workshops and training sessions for international students, job seekers and immigrants in English.

Currently she is operating as an educational consultant and trainer/coach, always looking for new opportunities. Her ideal job opportunity would be something colorful and challenging where she can successfully use her great communication and problem-solving skills, and apply her special all over the world-experience in order to help people grow. She is mainly interested in professional development, learning and development facilitating and holding workshops, training sessions on various subjects and topics in all forms: in-class, e-learning, or blended.

Her professional belief system is focused on the fact that in order to be the best version of ourselves - doesn't matter if we are talking career or personal life -, we have to develop a special and strong set of skills to adapt, associate with and be able to thrive in this life. Even though these skills are absolutely improvable the traditional educational system barely focuses on doing so, therefore in her opinion, motivated and adventures professionals have to take upon this quest and offer the chance to all people.

Because learning is the key.


  1. -
    Training Specialist, PLS Financial Services Support Center

    Developing and delivering various training resources to support the effective functioning of operations.

  2. -
    Coaching, Self Employed

    1 on 1 sessions with individual clients on different topics such as business Communication, Conflict Management or Labor Market Preparation, in person or on a web-based environment.

  3. -
    Trainer/Training Specialist, One Touch Direct, Tampa, FL

    Organizing, structuring, developing and delivering training sessions on product knowledge and soft skill practice for new hire call center representatives and sales agents.

  4. -
    Educational Consultant, Avatao

    Advising the founder and managing partners on curriculum development, choosing efficient methodology to assess different skill and knowledge groups, and modularizing course content.

  5. -
    Lead Instructor, Narcan - division of Wayshape

    Was responsible for the development, organization and holding of skill improvement training sessions for various groups, such as university students, immigrants and job seekers.


    - Communication

    - Problem-solving

    - Self-knowledge

    - Cooperation

  6. -
    Personal & Communication Assistant, Chriscom Communication Agency, Belgium

    Was assisting the managing partner with communication and marketing related needs. 


    - created database of possible clients

    - developed marketing material

    - managed business phone calls

    - helped the managing partner with different the preparation of materials like presentations and online communication in English

  7. -
    English tutoring and mentoring, Self Employment

    Was helping fellow university students handling their exam anxiety, public speaking and general communication skills. This experience brought the idea of developing skill improvement trainings for groups. (--> narcan)

  8. -
    Andragogy - Master's Degree, University of Pecs, Faculty of Adult Education and Human Resources Development, Hungary

    Focus on:

    - atypical teaching-learning methods

    - experiential learning

    - construstivism and instructional system design

    -non-technical skills and their improvment in training sessions

    - learning and prior knowledge assessment

    - e-learning

  9. -
    Trainer assistant - Internship, University of Pecs, Faculty of Adult Education and Human Resources Development, Hungary

    Was assisting the lead trainer with tasks like developing material, choosing activities and the delivery of the training during sessions for university students on various topics.

  10. -
    Erasmus Educational Scholarship, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Belgium

    Main subjects:

    - Facilitating learning

    - Lifelong learning - models and their implementation

    - instructional technology

    - instruction of learning evironments

  11. -
    Internship, Tweedekansonderwijs Leuven - Second Chance Scool

    Was preparing different extra curricular material and holding general classes in English alongside with fellow Education Msc students for learners who returned to finish their general studies after the age of 18. Was organized by the Katholieke Universiteit of Leuven.

  12. -
    Education Management - Internship, Apaczai Educational Center, Pecs, Hungary

    Was assisting the director of the institution to create new course ideas for young adults and the elderly. Was responsible for managing the development of curricula, course materials and later to oversee the legal process of getting the new courses accredited.

  13. -
    Andragogy - Adult Education Management BA, University of Pecs, Faculty of Adult Education and Human Resources Development, Hungary

    Fundamentals of andragogy, curriculum development, teaching-learning methodologie, psychology, communication, didactics

    Focus on adult education management - developing and organizing learning processes, such as courses, seminars and training sessions for different group of adults

Proudest Accomplishment

The heartwarming gratitude of former trainees who succeeded after attending my training sessions.

Experience Highlights

  • Training Specialist
    PLS Financial services, Chicago IL
  • Trainer/Training Specialist
    One Touch Direct, Tampa FL
  • Educational Consultant
  • Lead Instructor of non-technical skill improvement training sessions and workshops
    Narcan - division of wayshape
  • Personal and communication assistant
    chriscom communication agency
  • Training assistant - internship
    Tweedekansondervijs leuven
  • Educational Management - Internship
    Apaczai Educational center

Education Highlights

  • Andragogy Master's Degree -  Adult Education and Training
    University of Pecs, Hungary
  • Exchange Student - Erasmus Scholarship - Educational Sciences Msc
    Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
  • Andragogy and Adult Education Management Bachelor's Degree
    University of Pecs, Hungary


  • Chicago Cares
    - dog therapy for the elderly and segregated
  • Lily's Light
    spotlighting lung cancer - Non profit organization
  • The Humane Society
    animal shelter


  • E-learning development
    with Articulate Storyline 2 software
  • Coursera
    the world's best online courses - professionally and for fun
  • Sports
    gym, yoga, swimming, badminton, tennis
  • Cooking
    Spreading the Hungarian heritage with the best home made eastern-european food :)
    Everything about the newest methods of instructional desing


  • 700
    students on trainings
  • 20
    clients brought in within half a year
  • 450
    developed training games
  • 30%
    increase in statistics of freshly graduated agents


  • Adult Education
  • adult learning management
  • Communication
  • Public Speaking
  • Instructional Design
  • training-coahing
  • Problem-solving
  • Professional development
  • Project management
  • Cooperation


Why did you choose this profession?
Originally as a teenager I wanted to become a journalist. Fortunately my application wasn't accepted at the time. As random as my second choice - education - was, as fast I fell in love with this science and the amazing topics in it. I shouldn't be surprised, it was in my genes. My father is a lecturer at a university and my mother is a teacher to children with special needs.
How did you end up so far from your birth place?

After studying in Belgium I ended up working there. That's where I met my American husband whom I followed back to the United States.

What is your biggest strength?
I'm a natural problem solver, a contagious enthusiast, and trough my international journey I truly learned how to connect with people.
Why should someone hire you?

Because I admire this challenging-rewarding profession, I am good at what I do, and I am capable of working extremely hard with a smile on my face.

What is your favorite hobby?
Spending time with my husband and puppy, doing yoga, cooking and taking online courses.


  • Message from students
    Message from students
  • A Thank you note from a graduating new hire class
    A Thank you note from a graduating new hire class
  • Instructing
  • Success!

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