• 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.

    #Stronger Together

    English Dept. Chairperson

    FFEA Sponsor

    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

    Literacy Coach

    McArthur High School

  • Dolly Bembanaste

    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. 

  • Paula Coffman

    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. 


    Paula Coffman

    English II Honors

    English II

  • 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


    English 1

  • Sophia Gelsey

    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 

  • Shuwana Henderson

    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.

  • Kevin Martin

    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!


    Kevin Martin

    Mustang family member

  • Waldo Mirambeau

    I'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)

    Faculty Council

    (754) 323-1200 

  • Rochelle Rio

    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. 

  • Beverly Thomas

    Ms. Beverly Thomas a native of Dominica West Indies. She is an accomplished author of several works but most famous for her book The Card.  She has worked as an educator for over 20 years.   She has worked in Boston, Massachusetts and Hollywood, Florida.   She is well loved and respected by her students and colleagues. Ms. Thomas believes that all students can accomplish great things if given the proper encouragement and motivation.   


    Beverly Thomas

    AICE English Lang

    English IV (honors)

  • David Tremblay

    My name is Mr. Tremblay and I’m a teacher in the English department!  I’m a former Mustang (c/o 2008!) of Brazilian and Lithuanian descent and grew up in, and around, Hollywood, Florida.  I attended the University of Florida, graduating with a major in English Literature, and spend a lot of my free time reading, listening to music, and watching all sorts of films. 

    David Tremblay

    English III

    McArthur High School

    email: david.tremblay@browardschools.com 

  • Jennifer Vinsant

    Ms. Vinsant has been teaching English at McArthur High since 2019. As a life-long resident of Hollywood, she is proud to call MCA home and she has quickly forged a strong bond with her ELA Department family. A 1998 graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Ms. Vinsant graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a B.A. in English. She enjoys sharing her passion for writing and literature with her students by establishing real-world connections to the material which enhances their understanding as well as their appreciation of the curriculum. 

    Jennifer Vinsant

    McArthur High School 

    12th Grade ELA



    “It isn't what we say or think that defines us, but what we do." Jane Austen