Now enrolling for in-person learning beginning on September 8

Dr. Lori Tall and Melissa Menn are the new owners and management of Black Bear Academy.

They are excited to bring their expertise together to enhance existing programming at BBA and provide new services to meet the needs of current BBA students and families as well as the community at large.

Lori G. Tall, PsyD

Dr. Tall is the founder and clinical director of the Center for Comprehensive Neurobehavioral Care, a pediatric psychology practice in downtown Chicago. As a clinical neuropsychologist, she specializes in educational, neuropsychological, and legal assessments and has worked across clinical and academic settings throughout her career. Before entering private practice, Dr. Tall served as the director of the Assessment Program at The Family Institute at Northwestern University in Evanston and clinical director at Rush Neurobehavioral Center at Rush University Medical Center.

Melissa Menn, MSW

Melissa is the founder and director of Learning Lab Chicago, a tutoring company that serves families across the city. Ten years of teaching in various academic settings and a master’s degree in school social work have set Melissa up to be uniquely qualified to choose and perfect programs that support students on a more individualized basis. In her work, Melissa strives to fully understand the whole child; this approach enables her to tailor a curriculum to successfully meet each child’s specific needs. She is highly trained in a number of reading, writing, and executive functioning programs.

New services

  • Enhanced social/emotional programming
  • Diagnostic evaluations
  • Dyslexia/dysgraphia screenings
  • Subject-specific tutoring
  • Intensive reading support
  • Writing and math support
  • Individual, family, and group therapy
  • Parent coaching and support groups

Supplemental Learning Services

We are happy to announce that BBA will be offering supplemental options for students enrolled at other schools in order to support families on remote learning days. BBA will be uniquely set up to enhance any school-delivered curricula with reading, math, and writing support from highly trained teachers in small class settings.

For more information, contact Melissa by phone at 312.339.2336 or by email at

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