Our Teachers

Ustatha Courtney Crump, Homeroom

This is my ninth year at Lexington Universal Academy, and my sixth year in the first grade; I was the preschool teacher for my first three years.  I obtained my Bachelor's Degree from Berea College in Elementary Education and my Master's in Special Education from Georgetown College.  I have wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember!  I serve as the school PBIS (Positive Behavior In School) Coordinator, the 504 Specialist, and as one of the yearbook editors.  I have also worked with both elementary and middle school academic teams.   I look forward to all we will learn and the fun we will have this year!

Ustatha Fathia Shalash, Islamic Studies

Al-Salamu Alaikum, 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 Degree in Math and Islamic Studies from the Islamic Community College in Jordan  and Alhamdulillah I am a Certified Teacher in Al-Qaida  Al-Nuraniyyah Program. Allah (swt) blessed me with 4 kids (3 boys 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 preschool 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 25 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 Licience 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 In sha' Allah. With Allah's support I have been able to encourage my students to memorize several Ajza' of the Quran.