Our Teachers

stahta Basimah Shalash, Math

I was born in Lexington, Kentucky but grew up in Dayton, Ohio. I received my Bachelors of Science in Chemistry from Wright State University.  I furthered my education at Georgetown College after I moved to Lexington in 2010. I graduated from Georgetown College in 2014 and received a Masters of Arts in Education. I have been with LUA since 2010 and was hired full time in 2011. 

Ustatha Erin McDaniel, Language Arts

This will be my sixth year teaching at LUA, and I am excited about the year ahead! I am originally from Eastern Kentucky, but have lived in Central Kentucky since I moved here to attend UK in 2001. After receiving my B.A. in English and Political Science, I worked with at-risk adolescents at the KY United Methodist Home in Versailles for almost five years. During that time, I began working on my M.A.T. degree at EKU. Upon graduating, I taught freshman English at Bryan Station High School for one year. I have a two sons, Oliver and Bruce.

Ustatha Chasiti Scalf, Science 

Hello! This is my second year teaching. I am so excited for the school year. I received my Bachelors in Middle Grade Education in 2017 from the University of Kentucky. I am certified to teach both Social Studies and Science but my heart is in science.

Ustatha Sunishine Aljumaily, Social Studies 

My name is Sunshine Al-Jumaily. I am the Middle School Social Studies teacher for grades 5th through 8th.  I have taught at LUA since 2009 with a year prior as an emgerngency substitute.  I was born in Lexington, but I have lived in Richmond, KY, Alamogordo, NM, and Las Vegas, NV.   I accepted Islam when I was 18 years old while attending the University of Kentucky.  I earned a Bachelor’s degree in History and a Master’s Degree in Secondary Social Studies Education.  My husband works in Cybersecurity and Computer Programming.  We have three children.

Ustatha Iman Hadi, Arabic & Computer Science 

My name is Iman Hadi, I started teaching at LUA since 2004. I have my B.A in Education from Baghdad University and my Masters in IT from Sullivan University. I am also certified teaching Al-Qaida Noorania program. Previously I used to teach at the Islamic school of Edison in Edison, NJ. Also I was an Arabic Instructor at the University of Kentucky and at The Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning. I am also the representative of the United States of America for the Arab Reading Challenge competition in Dubai. 
At LUA I have served as the 5th grade Math and Science teacher, KG assistant, 2nd grade Homeroom teacher, and Arabic, Islamic Studies, and Quran for grades PreK3-8th. This year I will be teaching Islamic Studies for 3rd grade along with teaching Arabic and Computer Science for Middle school Insha'allah. 
I consider my self very fortunate to be among such a professional faculty and amazing students. I will do my best this year to ensure that each student has a great learning experience in the classroom Insha'Allah.    

Ustatha Rasmieh, Suleiman, Islamic Studies

I have been the middle school Islamic Studies teacher at the Lexington Universal Academy since 2009.  Prior to teaching at the LUA, I was involved in various areas of the school since it first opened.  I was an active member of the PTO and served as an Islamic Studies substitute teacher before taking on my current position. This year in sha’ Allah I will be teaching Islamic Studies to 4th-8th graders. To further develop my teaching background, I have attended several online education courses. I am also fluent in both Arabic and English and I successfully completed and received Al-Qaidah An-Nouraniyah Certificate. Teaching gives me a wonderful opportunity to enhance my students’ Islamic knowledge and help shape them into stronger Muslims. In addition to my involvement in the LUA, I have also participated in various Islamic study groups at the community level.

Ustatha Omaima Alamawi, Islamic Studies/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.