Faycal grew up in Casablanca, Morocco where he studied in a bilingual setting (French and Spanish) all the way through high school and then exclusively French in college. He received a B.A. in Finance and Management and moved to the U.S. in 1997 on a tennis scholarship to continue his education in English. He received his MBA at Lindenwood University and then pursued a second Master's in Teaching with an emphasis in French.

Faycal has been teaching French for over 15 years and started at the Alliance Française in January of 2017. He is also a USPTA-certified Tennis Pro at the Missouri Athletic Club.