CEO Crossway Community
A pioneer for social justice, Montessori education, and community organizing, 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 organization working to empower families and strengthen the community. The organization has grown to integrate Montessori philosophy into a school for infants to school-aged children, an intergenerational learning center, and an apartment complex for forty families. Guinan’s stewardship of the Family Leadership Academy has supported families who benefit from a two-generational approach to poverty prevention and education. Organic gardening and Montessori environments are prepared as the hallmark of Crossway Community programming.
Under Kathleen's leadership, Crossway Community has remained committed to its mission for two decades, “to promote learning, creativity, and community for all families.”
She holds an honorary doctorate in the humanities from Kings College.
Kathleen Guinan 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. This summer, she is invited to address the International Montessori Congress in Prague, where her presentation has also been translated into Japanese. Guinan and her team are preparing to offer a groundbreaking Montessori program for caregivers who work with the elderly and Alzheimer’s populations.
FOR ITS EXCELLENCE, CROSSWAY COMMUNITY HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED BY:
- National Bridge Builders Award
- The African American Infant Mortality Coalition
- The Aspen Institute
- The Migrant Heritage Commission
- Kathleen Guinan, “Hometown Hero” by WETA
Kathleen Guinan on Educateurs sans Frontières a division of the Association Montessori Internationale
Past president of the Wheaton and Kensington Chamber of Commerce Kathleen Guinan