Student Activities Director

Mrs. Jennifer Gambale

“Welcome to Varela!  This is YOUR school, make it your second home! Get involved and make the most out of your four years here!”


Activities Director Mrs. Gamble

Jennifer Alvord Gambale grew up in Northeastern Ohio. In 1995, she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Psychology from Allegheny College in Pennsylvania. A year later, she moved to Miami to do research on the seagrass beds in Biscayne Bay, where she also became involved in research projects in the mangroves and Everglades National Park. Shortly after, she went into teaching and was part of the faculty that opened Felix Varela Senior High School in 2000. She has taught Biology, Earth Space Science, Health, Chemistry and AP Environmental Science. She became the Test Chair from 2015-2017.

In 2017, she became our Activities Director, organizing and overseeing numerous activities and events throughout the school year. She coordinates Fieldtrips, Pep- Rallies, Student Clubs, Homecoming, Winterfest, Movie-Night, Grad Bash, Senior Prom, Luncheon, Graduation and so much more.

Although Jennifer did not grow up in Miami, she embraces this community. Her community service through the school includes distributing Thanksgiving baskets to families in need and hosting a holiday event for the children of Goulds Elementary School.

Jennifer is very dedicated in the coordination of Varela’s activities and events. The students, faculty, and community are blessed to have her. All that Varela does would not be possible without her!


For any questions or concerns feel free to contact me at:
305-752-7900 Ext. 2017
Email: jgambale@dadeschools.net

This is one of the best schools in Miami Dade County…and YOU are truly lucky to be a part of the Viper Family!!!  We hope you will get involved!!!

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