Our Teachers

Ustatha Nadia Shalash, Homeroom

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

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 the LUA, I was 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 have attended several online education courses. I am also fluent in both Arabic and English and I successfully completed and received Al-Qaidah An-Nouraniyah Certificate. Teaching gives me a wonderful opportunity to enhance my students’ Islamic knowledge and help shape them into stronger Muslims. In addition to my involvement in the LUA, I have also participated in various Islamic study groups at the community level.

Ustatha Omaima Alamawi, Quran
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.