Our Teachers

Ustatha Saphia Isa, Homeroom

My name is Saphia Isa.  I have taught third grade at Lexington Universal Academy for three years and second grade last year. During this time, I also served as the school’s Academic Team Coach. For the upcoming year I am excited to be teaching second grade again.  I was raised in Lexington, and I have Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kentucky. Upon college graduation, my career began as an administrator at the American Islamic College in Chicago. For the past twenty five years, I have continued to work in different school systems intermittently throughout Chicago and Lexington. I have four children, two of which are LUA graduates. I am very excited about this school year and feel a great responsibility in teaching the future Muslim ummah. As an American Muslim, I understand the importance of instilling an Islamic identity at an early age. I hope to foster in each of our children a love of learning and sense of belonging while being active members of their community for the sake of Allah.

Ustatha Omayma Alamawi, Islamic Studies/Quran


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!