Alya studied at the University of Birmingham, from where she graduated with a degree in Biological Sciences. She also gained a Masters Degree in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Nottingham before returning to the University of Birmingham to complete a Secondary PGCE.
After teaching all three Sciences for four years in the UK she moved to Kuwait in 2006, initially joining the Biology Team as the Subject Component Coordinator. She has subsequently held the roles of Chair of Science, Student Performance Coordinator, Health and Safety Coordinator and Night School Coordinator. Alya was appointed to the role of Assistant Secondary Head Teacher (Academic) in 2017 and now helps lead the Middle Phase (Years 6-8) at BSK.