Our Teachers

Ustatha Nadia Shalash, Homeroom
nshalash@luaky.org

Nadia Shalash has been a teacher at LUA since 2003. Ust.Nadia was born and raised in Lexington. She has three kids and a cat. She received her Bachelor's of Science degree from The University of Kentucky. She also received her Teaching certification KG-5 from Kentucky State University. Later Ustatha Nadia obtained her Masters' Degree as a Teacher Leader with an Endorsement in English Second Language. Ustatha Nadia's two older daughters graduated from LUA. Her son is also a student here at LUA. Ustatha Nadia loves LUA and has dedicated the past sixteen years working as a teacher. She has taught first, second, third and fourth grade throughout the years. She has a sincere passion for teaching and loves to work with children. 

 

Ustatha Jamila Naji, Arabic
jnaji@luaky.org

My name is Jamila Naji, Alhamdulilah I have been teaching for 30 years! I initially started in Libya, where I taught English and Geography to middle school. In the United States, I had the opportunity to teach in various cities including Portland, Knoxville, Richmond, and finally Lexington, Kentucky. Here, I started my teaching under Fayette County as a pre-school instructor with the Head-Start Program. During that time, I completed a degree in Early Childhood Education at BCTC and later achieved a BA in Psychology from Midway University. I also recently received a certificate in Al-Qaida Nooraniya. My LUA career began the first year the school opened, where I taught Kindergarten for six years. Currently, I teach Arabic and  Quran across different grade levels. In addition, I am fortunate to have been teaching at the Masjid Bilal Ibn Rabah Sunday School for almost 23 years. Teaching has always been my passion and every year is a new chance to help strengthen our new generations. I look forward to beginning a new school year at LUA inshallah!  

  




Ustatha Rasmieh, Suleiman, Islamic Studies

I have been the middle school Islamic Studies teacher at the Lexington Universal Academy since 2009.  Prior to teaching at LUA, I taught Islamic Studies and Arabic at the weekend school. I was also involved in various areas of the school since it first opened.  I was an active member of the PTO and served as an Islamic Studies substitute teacher before taking on my current position. This year in sha’ Allah I will be teaching Islamic Studies to 4th-8th graders. To further develop my teaching background, I attended several online education courses through the American Open University and  attended multiple Prophetic Pedagogy Professional Development programs by the Center for Islam in the Contemporary World at the Shenandoah University. I successfully completed and received Al-Qaidah An-Nouraniyah Certificate. I am fluent in both Arabic and English.
Teaching gives me a great opportunity to enhance my students’ Islamic knowledge and help shape them into stronger Muslims. In addition to my involvement in the LUA, I participate in various community Islamic study groups. I am also a member of the family assistance committee, a branch of the ISCK Shura Council.



 
Ustatha Omaima Alamawi, Quran
oalamawi@luaky.org
My name is Omaima Alamawi, I have been the middle and elementary school Quran, Arabic and  Islamic Studies teacher at the Lexington Universal Academy since 2008. I left for two years and then returned in 2016, Alhamdillah. In 2002 I received my certified Tajweed Licience from the Muslim World League Association on Riwaya of Hafs an Asem an Al-Shatibiya. In 2007 I successfully completed Al-Qaidah An-Nooraneyah Program. Then in 2013 I successfully became A certified teacher of Al-Qaida An-Nooranyyah. I'm honored to be given the opportunity to teach our children at LUA to perfect the recitations of Allah's Holy book, AL-Quran AL kareem ,so they can be of the Quran carriers In sha' Allah. With Allah's support I have been able to encourage my students to memorize several Ajza' of the Quran.