KATHLEEN GUINAN, CEO CROSSWAY COMMUNITY
A pioneer for non-violence, social justice, and Montessori education, Kathleen Guinan, CEO of Crossway Community, is also a Co-Founder of Zaccheaus Kitchen and Rachel's Women's Center.
Guinan helped to establish Crossway Community in 1990, as an entrepreneurial nonprofit community-based organization, replacing violence with communication, support, and learning. The organization has grown to integrate Montessori philosophy into all of its programs and activities— providing beautiful, creative, inspiring learning environments for all families, including infants, toddlers, school age children, adults and seniors. Guinan has overseen the development of a national model for Montessori and aging, especially for people with Alzheimer's and their caregivers, and an award-winning two-generational approach to poverty prevention. Community partnerships, organic gardens and peaceful, prepared living and learning spaces are the hallmarks of Crossway Community.
Under Kathleen's leadership, Crossway Community has remained committed to the same mission for two decades: "to promote learning, creativity, and community for all families."
Kathleen holds an honorary doctorate in the humanities from Kings College. She is frequently invited to speak to community organizations, corporations, and policymakers interested in mission-driven family support, workforce development, and creative education for children through senior citizens. In 2017, Kathleen addressed the Montessori Congress in Prague, where her presentation was also translated into Japanese. This summer, she led training at the Educateurs sans Frontières Assembly in Stellenbosch, South Africa, in collaboration with the Indaba Montessori Institute.
FOR ITS EXCELLENCE, CROSSWAY COMMUNITY HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED BY: