Teachers

Ustatha Amanda Summers has been teaching for six years, before becoming part of the LUA team. She teaches PK3 and has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a Master's in Literacy. My husband and I have two kids at home, Kaden and Lily. "Teaching is my passion. I love to work with children. Outside of school I enjoy as much time with my family as possible. My husband and I are active, we love to hike, explore and find new adventures to go on. I don't have much time for it, but I do enjoy crafting, especially painting as well. I'm excited for this school year with my friends in Pre-K 3!"

Ustatha Kelli Evans is the PK4 teacher here at LUA and has been so for the last four years.  She graduated from Ohio University with a BA in Early Childhood Education as well as a Master’s degree in Integrated Early Childhood Education. Before coming to LUA, she worked as the Kindergarten Preparation Teacher for the Toyota Child Development Center. "I look forward to getting to know you and your children. It’s going to be the best school year ever!"

Ustatha Nowal Allouch is the kindergarten teacher here at LUA. She has lived in Kentucky all her life and have always wanted to become a teacher.  she received her Bachelor's in Elementary Education from the University of Kentucky.  She also also obtained her Master's in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Kentucky.  During her first year, she completed the Kentucky Teacher Internship Program at Lexington Universal Academy.  She began working at LUA in 2009, as a substitute teacher and office helper.  She began working as a first grade teachers in 2010.  She taught first grade for seven years and this is her second year teaching kindergarten.  She has 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.   

Ust. Courtney has been with LUA for four years. She was the Preschool teacher for three and began teaching first grade for the 2017-2018 school year. She received her bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Berea College and her master’s in Learning and Behavior Disorders from Georgetown College. Ust. Courtney has been our yearbook editor for four years and has assisted with both elementary and middle school academic teams.

Ustatha Saphia Isa joined the LUA family in 2012. She is a proud mother of four children. Two of her children are graduates of LUA. Saphia is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and has worked in different school systems intermittently throughout Chicago and Lexington since 1996. Ms. Isa has taught third grade and is currently teaching second grade. Being raised in Lexington, in the public school system, she has a deep appreciation for Islamic education. She has traveled throughout the Middle East, Africa, and Europe and enjoys sharing her worldly experiences with her students. She feels a great responsibility in teaching and aspires to serve as an American Muslim role model to the future Muslim ummah

Ustatha Nadia Shalash has been a teacher at LUA since 2003. 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 Olivia Oakley received a Bachelor’s degree from Transylvania University where she self-designed her own American Studies degree. This degree consists of three fields; Gender Studies, Religion, and U.S. History. Ms. Olivia served as an educator for a volunteer program College for Living where she taught Theater, Art, and Dance to developmentally disabled adults for three years. She also served at Bluegrass Greensource, a nonprofit organization dedicated to environmental and sustainability education, as an Environmental Educator/ Americorps Vista. "In my classroom your child will be cared for, their uniqueness will be celebrated, and their ideas will be valued. I believe there is no “one size fits all” to learning and I thrive in a teaching environment that allows children to develop their own ways of thinking and encourages creativity and imagination."

Ustatha Sunshine Al-Jumaily joined Lexington Universal Academy in 2007. She left for one year to earn her Master’s Degree in Secondary Social Studies Education from the University of Kentucky. After teaching 5th grade for one year, she returned to teaching middle school Social Studies. This year she will also be teaching 5th grade Language Arts.

Ustatha Erin McDaniel attended University of Kentucky and received a B.A. in English and Political Science. She has worked with at-risk adolescents at the KY United Methodist Home in Versailles for almost five years. During that time, Ustatha Erin began working on the M.A.T. degree at EKU. Upon graduating, she taught freshman English at Bryan Station High School for one year. "I am looking forward to my third year teaching middle school language arts at LUA."

Ustatha Chasiti Brooks graduated in 2012 from Eastern Kentucky University with a B.A in Psychology. After being a substitute teacher in Franklin county, she realized that she loved being in the classroom and helping students. With that she went back to the University of Kentucky to pursue a degree in teaching. Ustatha Chasiti graduated in May 2017 with a degree in middle school. Her certification areas are social studies and science. "I am so excited to be a part of the LUA family! I know this year will be amazing."

Basimah Shalash graduated from Wright State University in 2007 with and Bachelors of Science in Chemistry. Then she continued her education at Georgetown College and received a Master’s of Education in 2015. She is currently pursuing a second Masters of Arts in Education with P-12 school certification and will graduate in 2018 inshaAllah. She moved to Lexington in 2010 and immediately joined LUA because of her strong desire for Islamic education. She is a mother of three children which all attend LUA. She is looking forward to a exciting school year.

Ustatha Jamila Naji, has been working as a teacher for about 28 years. She earned her teaching degree in Libya, where she taught middle school English as a second language, and Geography. Ustatha Jamila has also worked with Fayette County as a preschool teacher with the Head-Start Program. During that time, she worked on getting her degree in Early Childhood Education. She also worked as an Arabic teacher in Saudi schools in Portland, OR for three years and in Richmond, KY for 2 years. For 19 years, Ustatha Jamila volunteered as an Arabic at Masjid Bilal’s Sunday School. She was also one of the very first teachers working with Lexington Universal Academy since it opened. Ustatha Jamila started out as a Kindergarten teacher for the first six years, then taught Arabic, Quran, and Islamic studies for the past six years. "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.  I am really looking forward to teaching the kids and beginning a new school year at LUA!"

Ustatha Iman Hadi started teaching at LUA since 2004. She has a B.A in Arabic language from Baghdad University and her Masters in IT from Sullivan University. Ustatha Iman was an Arabic Instructor at the University of Kentucky for levels one and two in 2015.  she also teaches at The Carnegie Center for Literacy.  Alhamdulillah, this will be her thirteenth year at LUA. Currently, Ustatha Iman  teaches Arabic and Computer Science to all of Middle school and 3rd grade Islamic Studies. At LUA, Ustatha Iman had served as the 5th grade Math and Science teacher, KG assistant, 2nd grade Homeroom teacher, Arabic and Islamic Studies, and Quran for grades PreK3-8th. "I realize that teaching our children is a privilege, as well as a tremendous responsibility. I will do my best this year to ensure that each student has a motivating and safe learning experience in the classroom Insha’Allah."

Ustatha Omaima Alamawi, has been the middle and elementary school Quran, Arabic and Islamic Studies teacher at the Lexington Universal Academy since 2008. In 2002, she received the Tajweed Licience certification from the Muslim World League Association in Riwaya of Hafs an Asem an Al-Shatibiya. In 2007, Ustatha Omaima successfully completed Al-Qaidah An-Nooraneyah Program. And in 2013, she 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."

 Ustatha Fathia Shalash is an Arabic, Islamic Studies, and Quran Teacher  at Lexington Universal  Academy. She was born in Kuwait, where she received her high school degree. She then attended Islamic community college in Jordan, majoring in Mathematics, as well as receiving a certificate in Islamic studies and Tajweed. After collage, she became a kindergarten teach in Palestine for two years. After moving to America in 1996, she worked at a weekend Islamic school for a year. Ustatha Fathia has four kids, all of whom have graduated from LUA. In 2010 she was hired as a special needs educator with FCPS. After completing a year, Ustatha Fathia was hired at LUA as an assistant helping teach kindergarteners. This is her fifth 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. Alhamdulillah."

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