Mary Cumberland, English Department Chair
Ms. Cumberland is originally from Queens NY but came to sunny Florida to attend the University of Miami. She is extremely excited to start her 24th year of teaching at MCA. She has two master’s degrees one in-Educational Leadership and the other in Theology. She is also a Licensed Minister. She has two children both in college and is happily married to Hilton Guilliam. Most of all Ms. Cumberland makes learning English fun, exciting and meaningful for every Scholar at MCA and she does it all with a great big smile.
Mary (Marie) Cumberland M.Ed.
English Dept. Chairperson
Phone: (754) 323-1200
It's a Great day to be a Mustang!
Nadine Smith, Literacy Coach
“Once you learn to read you will be forever free”—Frederick Douglass
Welcome back to another awesome year of education and literacy. My name is Nadine Smith and I am your McArthur High School 2021-2022 Literacy Coach. I look forward to a new year of supporting students, teachers and parents through literacy. My educational journey began in Brooklyn New York. My parents later migrated to South Florida, where I attended South Broward High School. Following that, I received a bachelor’s degree in History from the beautiful Bethune-Cookman College. Additionally, I have also earned a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University. Having been in education for 19 years, I have served in the capacity of classroom teacher, athletic coach, behavior specialist and in my current role as literacy coach and received the honor of being named Broward County’s 2019-2020 Literacy Coach of the year. My vision involves bridging the gap in education by reinforcing foundational skills as well as increasing rigor and enrichment for college and career readiness. Please follow our MCA Literacy Twitter page at @at_mca for all things literacy.
Mrs. Nadine Smith
McArthur High School
Hi! I’m Mrs. Bass. This is my ninth-year teaching. Before I was a teacher, I was a freelance journalist for a nonprofit associated with the Marine Corps. I love making instruction relevant to my students by bringing educational value to the words and slang they use every day. I love connecting with my kids and making English fun!
My name is Mrs. Bembanaste and I am a graduate of Nova Southeastern University, with a degree in education and a Masters in Reading. I have been a part of the McArthur family for the past 12yrs, and as a matter of fact, am a proud MUSTANG, alumni. I have been teaching Developmental Language Arts and Intensive Reading to our scholars for as long as I have been teaching and am the lead teacher for our International Mustang Academy (IMA), which is an academy within our school for Newcomers.
As I begin my 49th year in the education, I still get excited about beginning the new school year. Being a "Seasoned/Veteran" teacher, I understand that this year will be another challenging one. I have been married for 48 years to a wonderful man, we have three children and three grandchildren. I have taught many levels of English, Reading, Mass Media, Speech Education and was a Literacy Coach, an Academic Advisor, Teacher of the Year, and a Principal.
All of us - parents, scholars, teachers, and administrators have an enormous responsibility to adjust and feel comfortable in the learning process. It will take all of us time to adjust. I have no doubt that we will by taking it slow and understanding that each positive step taken is a step towards success.
English II Honors
Gissell Del Castillo
I received my Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, with a double major in Interdisciplinary Studies from Florida International University. I strongly believe that a well-rounded education in both STEM, and liberal arts is the best way for students to excel in their academic career. I encourage all my students to think broadly about their academic goals and truly motivate them to blend their own experiences, with what they are learning inside the classroom.
Gissell Del Castillo
McArthur High School
Sophia L. Gelsey is a sixth-year teacher who is passionate about education and creative arts. She has earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and an Associates of Arts studying Music Performance. She is inspired by the unique gifts and talents that she encounters in students and believes that every individual can reach their highest potential. Her favorite quote is, “Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.” — Richard Bach
Ms. Brittany Goldsby currently teaches AICE General Paper I and has enjoyed teaching all grade levels in English Language Arts. Ms. Goldsby is originally from Greensboro, North Carolina and a graduate of North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. She came to Broward County in 2019, began teaching at McArthur High, and earned a master's in curriculum & Instruction from Florida International University that same year. Ms. Goldsby is a Fulbright Teachers for Global Classroom Alumni who is passionate about creating an exciting and collaborative classroom environment where her students can learn about relevant topics from all over the world. After 11 years of teaching, she still looks for creative ways to continue learning how to best meet the needs of her students.
Ms. Brittany Goldsby
AICE General Paper I & Eng. I Instructor
McArthur High School
6501 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, FL 33024
Hello, my name is Mrs. Henderson, and I teach Intensive Reading. I'm looking forward to a great, healthy, and peaceful school year. Wishing all the success to my scholars.
Joanna HerringMost of my K-12 education took place in Broward County Schools, and I graduated from University of Florida with a B.S. in Telecommunications (radio/tv production). I'm a third generation Floridan, and a third generation Gator. My first career was as a video editor in a boutique studio in Miami, where I put together the elements of video productions for a wide variety of clients for about seven years. Then I spent another sevenish years as a stay-at-home mom to Kathleen (25) and Christopher (24), who went to our local Hollywood public schools. I started working for the school system when I became a single mom, and I've now been at McArthur High for 15 years.I love to read, and I love to learn about other people and cultures and places. I love animals and music and gardening. I live by the Girl Scout Law, and the Dalai Lama's simple rule for life: "Help people. If you can't help, don't hurt."
Mr. Martin is MR. MCA! He is our Mr. Worldwide! Mr. Martin currently teaches English IV and Retakes. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge having previously done Real Estate and holding a law degree. As the SGA sponsor Mr. Martin will bring the SPIRIT back to MCA! Mr. Martin is passionate about his classes he ensure that each and every student receives the BEST. He is not only an English Teacher he is a Life 101 teacher, making sure that the students leave McArthur prepared for what is to come. There can only be one Mr. MCA!
Mustang family member
Waldo MirambeauI've been teaching for 11 years in the USA (Dade & Broward) and 5 years outside of the country: China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Saudi Arabia. I speak five languages fluently - read & write: Chinese, French, Spanish, German and English. I have a degree in English Literature, a minor in education and Master's in Educational Leadership. I've been here at McArthur for five years and loving it. =)Thank you & best wishes,
A Mustang always "Strives to be the best and never settles for less... because anything else is unacceptable. Failure is NOT an option. In everything you do, strive for excellence... no exceptions, no excuses!
W. J. Mirambeau, M.ED.
American Literature/English III Retakes (12 yrs)
SAT & FSA Preparation (12 yrs)
Florida Education Association Delegate (F.E.A.)
American Federation of Teachers Delegate (A.F.T.)
School Advisory Committee (SAC)
LaBranda Pope believes that reading comprehension is the gateway for student success. She is certified in Journalism grades 6-12, along with Reading and ESOL endorsements and over 13 years of classroom teaching experience. A true South Floridian, she once sat in the seats her scholars now sit in as a graduate of Broward County Public Schools. Ms. Pope holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications from the University of Florida and a Master of Science in Adult Education from Florida International University. She enjoys reading, singing and creative writing.
Favorite Quote: “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”-Frederick Douglass.
Greetings! My name is Destiny Reynoso and this year I will be teaching English 1 along with the International Mustang Academy English classes. I earned my bachelor’s degree at Florida Atlantic University in Secondary English Education. As a former McArthur Alum, I am thrilled to be part of the Mustang family once again.
Phone: (754) 323-1200
It's a GREAT day to be a Mustang!
A native of South Florida, Ms. Rochelle Rio has been an English teacher at McArthur High School for 21 years. A graduate with a master’s degree from the University of Florida, she spent her first two years following graduation teaching in Italy and Japan. After her time abroad, she worked at William Dandy Middle School where she enjoyed teaching 8th grade, as well as drama and Italian. Her interests include traveling, singing, and playing the flute.