Our Teachers

Ustatha Saphia Isa, Homeroom

My name is Saphia Isa.  This is my tenth  year at LUA! I taught third grade for three years, second grade for five years and I'm excited to be back in third grade these past two years. During this time, I also served as the school’s Academic Team Coach and Yearbook Staff Editor. I was raised in Lexington and I have Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kentucky. Upon college graduation, my career began as an administrator at the American Islamic College in Chicago. For the past twenty five years, I have continued to work in different school systems intermittently throughout Chicago and Lexington. I have four children, two of which are LUA graduates. I am very excited about this school year and feel a great responsibility in teaching the future Muslim ummah. As an American Muslim, I understand the importance of instilling an Islamic identity at an early age. I hope to foster in each of our children a love of learning and sense of belonging while being active members of their community for the sake of Allah.

Ustatha Iman Hadi, Islamic Studies 

My name is Iman Hadi, I started teaching at LUA in 2004. I have my B.A in Education from Baghdad University and my Masters in IT from Sullivan University. I am also a certified teacher in the  Al-Qaida Noorania program. Previously, I used to teach at the Islamic School of Edison in Edison, NJ. Also, I was an Arabic Instructor at the University of Kentucky and at The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning. Additionally, I am the representative of the United States of America for the Arab Reading Challenge competition in Dubai. 
At LUA, I have served as the fifth grade math and science teacher, KG assistant, second grade homeroom teacher, and Arabic, Islamic Studies, and Quran for grades PreK3-8th grades. This year I will be teaching Islamic Studies for 3rd grade along with Arabic for Middle school insha'allah. 
I consider myself very fortunate to be among such a professional faculty and amazing students. I will do my best this year to ensure that each student has a great learning experience in the classroom insha'Allah. 

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 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 License 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 insha' Allah. With Allah's support and guidance, I have been able to encourage my students to memorize several Ajza' of the Quran.