About Raven House
Raven House is a gathering place for neurodivergent individuals and their families. We are dedicated to serving the neurodiverse community of Seattle by providing support services, advocacy, and opportunities for social connection.
Raven House is operated by Honor in Legacy, a Seattle based 501c3. The mission of Honor in Legacy is to provide education, advocacy and support for under-served populations in the Seattle area.
Our Story and History
The origins of Raven House began with Root Academy, a private school serving students with special needs (operated from 2016-2018). Root Academy was founded on the belief that all students had the power to unfold their potential as unique individuals. As we heard more stories from neurodiverse families and individuals about unmet needs and social isolation, we gradually expanded our vision out of a desire to serve a broader community.
The Executive Board of Honor in Legacy is made up of parents of neurodiverse children, and two of our board members are also neurodiverse. We understand on a fundamental level what it is like to live with a unique mind.
As a parent of an neurodiverse child, I have personally experienced the struggle to find supports and resources. It’s been a sometimes isolating experience. I’ve struggled to find a community where not only my child fits in, but our family fits in. It has become my personal mission to build my own community. Raven House has given me this opportunity and I look forward to serving you.
Raven House is a place for the child who struggles in public school and needs private tutoring or instruction, or the teen who craves social opportunities with similar peers. It is a place for adults who are learning about their own neurodivergence, and it’s for families to have a safe place to be and be part of a community.
We welcome you to our home!
Meet the Executive Board of Honor in Legacy
Arianne grew up in Oklahoma, but has lived in Seattle for over twenty years. She attended Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA but moved to Seattle to be in a bigger city. Arianne graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a degree in Exercise Physiology. She worked in Sports Medicine in a private clinic before moving on to Boeing, where she worked in the corporate fitness facility. Arianne is a Special Needs Advocate and is very active in the Seattle special needs community. She is on the board of the Seattle Public Schools Special Education PTSA, and works as an advocate with the nonprofit, Special Families of Puget Sound. She is a mom of a special needs child and is driven by her passion to support other special needs families.
Director of Operational Management
Jarreau is a life-long resident of Seattle, who grew up on Capitol Hill and met MacKenzie Graham in high school at Holy Names Academy. She has a BS in Civil Engineering from the UW and a Master’s Degree in Nutrition from Bastyr University. Her professional experience has included a wide range of activities, including working as a nanny, providing one-on-one nutrition counseling, hospital based program administration, and most recently working as part of the Root Academy leadership team. As a teacher and mom of two boys with special needs, Jarreau is experienced with autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Tourette’s Syndrome, 22q 11.2 Deletion Syndrome, feeding difficulties, developmental delays, advanced learning, sensory processing disorders, and more.
H. MacKenzie Graham
Martial Arts Head Instructor
MacKenzie grew up in a few different places, including Central California, Japan and Kirkland, WA. She began studying martial arts (Oom Yung Doe) in 2006 after her eldest son enrolled as a student at the age of nine. She trained for four years to earn a third-degree black belt, became a head instructor in 2011, and has run her own schools for nearly a decade. MacKenzie has observed that individuals who maintain their training over long periods of time frequently benefit with confidence, enhanced physical ability, a calm sense of self, and greater respect for themselves and the people in their lives. MacKenzie is an inspiring and gifted instructor who is passionate about teaching martial arts and helping all people achieve their greatest potential.