Our Teachers

Ustatha Courtney Crump, Homeroom

This is my sixth year at Lexington Universal Academy, and my third 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/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!