Our Teachers

Ustatha Nadia Shalash, Homeroom

My name is Nadia Shalash. I was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky.  I attended Henry Clay High School and graduated from The University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. I began working at Lexington Universal Academy in 2003 upon its opening. I was the first grade teacher for three consecutive years. Then, I taught second grade for seven years. During that time I returned to pursue my education by attending Kentucky State University and obtaining my teaching certificate KG-5th grade.  A few years later, I graduated from Georgetown University with a Master’s degree in Leadership and English as a Second Language Endorsement. I taught fourth grade for one year and this will be my fourth year teaching third grade. 

Ustatha Iman Hadi, Islamic Studies 

My name is Iman Hadi, I started teaching at LUA since 2004. I have my B.A in Education from Baghdad University and my Masters in IT from Sullivan University. previously I used to teach at the Islamic school of Edison in Edison, NJ. Also I had my second job as an Arabic Instructor at the University of Kentucky in 2015. Currently I teach Arabic at The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning. 
At LUA I have served as the 5th grade Math and Science teacher, KG assistant, 2nd grade Homeroom teacher, and Arabic, Islamic Studies, and Quran for grades PreK3-8th. This year I will be teaching Islamic Studies for 3rd grade along with teaching Arabic and Computer Science for Middle school Insha'allah. 
I consider my self 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, I have been working as a teacher for about 27 years. I earned my
teaching degree in Libya, where I taught middle school English as a second language, and Geography. I also worked with Fayette County as a preschool teacher with the Head-Start Program. During that time, I worked on getting my degree in Early Childhood Education. I also worked as an Arabic teacher in Saudi schools in Portland, OR for three years and in Richmond, KY for 2 years. I have also been working as volunteer Arabic teacher at Masjid Bilal’s Sunday school for about 19 years.  I have been working with Lexington Universal Academy since the first day it opened. I was a Kindergarten teacher for the first six years, then I taught Arabic, Quran, and Islamic studies for the past five years. I organized the Arabic Spelling Bee for the past three years, two of the years I worked with Louisville Islamic schools in a joint competition. The last year was an in-school competition. I feel LUA is my second home and the students are part of my family. My two youngest children attended LUA since the school opened in 2003. One of them recently graduated high school with honors and the other one will graduate high school next year insha’ Allah. I am really looking forward to teaching the kids and beginning a new school year at LUA!

Ustatha Omayma Alamawi, Quran