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 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 asssistant.  I began working as a first grade teachers in 2010.  I taught first grade for seven years and this is my third year teaching kindergarten. 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

My name is Fathia Shalash. I am an Arabic, Islamic Studies, and Quran Teacher at Lexington Universal Academy. I was born in Kuwait where I acquired my high school diploma. After high school, I moved with my family to Jordan where I attended Islamic Community College. I received a diploma in Mathematics and a certificate in Islamic Studies. After college, I moved to Palestine where I worked as a kindergarten teacher for two years. Then, I got married and moved to America. I worked at a weekend Islamic school for a year.ren, all of whom have attended or are currently attending LUA. After a six year break from teaching to raise my four children, I was hired as a special needs educator with Fayette County Public Schools. I remained at this job for one year. When my son began attending LUA I started volunteering and became a member of the PTO. Then, I was hired as an assistant, helping to teach kindergarteners. This is my third year teaching Arabic, Quran, and Islamic Studies at LUA. For me, LUA is my home. I love teaching children and helping them apply Islamic values in their daily lives.


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!