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Teacher, Arts Department, art and design, film and tv art assistant

San Diego, California, United States
February 02, 2018

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Cathy Surgeoner Deibler

Illustrator. Designer. Teacher.

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Marina, CA 93933



Education: Five years teaching and working with children ages 2 - 16yrs, Belfast, Northern Ireland and Tokyo, Japan. Preparing study, working as head teacher alongside two assistant teachers, learning new cultures.

Media Industry: Six years working in the Irish media industry in corporate, TV, and film production.


Jun 2012 - present;

Freelance artist and designer, hand and digital illustration, logo design, printmaker

Sep 2009 - Jun 2012;

Head teacher, Suns International Preschool, Kamakura, Japan. Coordinating arts, crafts and basic English study.

Sep 2008 - Sep 2009;

English Teaching in Japan. C.L.I Children’s School, Machida. Homa’s House English School, Aobadai, Tokyo. Teaching children and adults. Eiken preparation, TOEIC, 4yrs - 84 yrs.

May 2004 - Sep 2008;

Personal Assistant to Company Director, AV technician, Assistant Editor, Production Coordinator. Miracles Production, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Other freelance art department work short contracts:


“Carnival Queens.” Standby Art Director. Short Film for Screen NI.


“Last Man Hanging.” Standby Art Director/Standby Props, BBC Northern Ireland.

"City of Ember." Props Hand, Breakaway Unit. Pipework Productions.

BBC Radio One Music Festival, Planet Love Music Promotions. Producer; Planet Love Festival Motion Graphic Ident.


“Dry Your Eyes." Standby Props Assistant, Art Department, BBC Northern Ireland.

ATLTV “The Ponies” - "Where the wild things are" music promo. Standby Props/Assistant Editor. BBC Northern Ireland.


Foy Vance - Toilet Tour. Camera and Editing for five DV shorts.

"This is me" video shorts. Working with children. New Belfast Community Arts Initiative.


“Aladeen" Assistant Stage Manager, Queens Festival Belfast.

"Showbands" Assistant Standby Props, Art Department. Ballrooms Films, RTE Ireland.

"Jason Byrne's I Hate Show." Assistant Standby Props. Art Department BBC Northern Ireland.

"Dancin with Mr. Miller." Director. UTV/NIFTC Belfast


“I Fought the Law." Trainee Standby Props, Art department. BBC Northern Ireland.


University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Sep 97 - Jun 01

2.1 Bachelor of Arts (Honors), Fine and Applied Arts

Additional information;

On graduating with my Honours degree, I spent three years working and traveling around the world visiting New Zealand, Thailand, London, and Hong Kong. My main aim of travel was to experience different cultures and try new skills. I’ve went skiing down a volcano and surfed off the coast of NZ, obtained my PADI dive cert in Thailand, hiked up to the largest sitting Buddha in the world in Hong Kong, met and made some wonderful lifelong connections around the globe and feel very proud to have achieved so much.

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