Our Teachers

Ustatha Nowal Allouch, Homeroom

My name is Nowal Allouch and I am the kindergarten teacher at Lexington Universal Academy. I have lived in Kentucky all of my life and have always wanted to become a teacher.  I received my Bachelor's in Elementary Education from the University of Kentucky.  I have also obtained my Master's in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Kentucky.  During my first year, I completed the Kentucky Teacher Internship Program at Lexington Universal Academy.  I began working at LUA in 2009, as a substitute teacher and office assistant.  I began working as a first grade teacher in 2010.  I taught first grade for seven years and this is my sixth year teaching kindergarten. I have one daughter, Selma, who attends LUA. I have been so blessed to be part of a wonderful school that is preparing our children to have a strong Muslim identity and become productive members of society.   


Ustatha Fathia Shalash, Islamic Studies/Quran

Al-Salamu Alikum ,My name is Fathia Shalash. I am an  Arabic,Islamic Studies and Quran(ISAQ) teacher  at LUA . I was born  and raised in Kuwait. This is my 9th year teaching and my 7th year at LUA . I have a Diploma in Math and Islamic Studies from Islamic Community  College in Jordan  and Al hmdulillah i am a Certified Teacher in Al-Qaida  Al-Nuraniyyah Program.
Allah (swt) blessed me with 4kids (3boys and a girl) whom attended LUA from KG till 8th grade and Alhamdullillah they are proud successful Muslim in the community .
 LUA is my home. I love teaching children and helping them apply Islamic values in their daily lives. Alhamdulillah for this big blessing 

Ustatha Jamila Naji, Arabic

Assalamu alaikum! 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!