"Nothing gets past Tim Storm. Working with editors over the years, sometimes you want to test your crafting abilities and let a crazy sentence fly—abstraction, too much telling, piling on unnecessary details—and you can, for the most part, get away with it. Not with Tim. This guy's got a heck of a head on him. He sniffs out everything. Astute, rigorous, and generous; and it's all in service of improving the piece and strengthening your voice." -Josh Cook, book critic for Minneapolis-Star Tribune
"Tim Storm is that teacher: the one kids remember decades later, as adults. The one they come back to visit. The one they credit with turning them on to a favorite book or play, or to literature in general, or to writing. Both my kids had Tim for high school English classes. My daughter loved reading and writing to begin with; Tim taught her how to think about literature and writing at a deeper level, how to appreciate craft and follow allusions, and how to write fearlessly. She called me after her first month of classes at Swarthmore College (where she’s majoring in English!) to complain that none of her professors were as inspiring as Mr. Storm. My son is a different story. He’s the kid who groans at the thought of Shakespeare, dreads poetry, and would rather work calculus problems than write a paper. To date, Tim Storm’s 'Bible as Literature' is the only English course he’s ever actually enjoyed. It takes a gifted teacher to reach both kinds of students. Tim Storm is that teacher." -Anne Strainchamps, interviewer, senior producer and co-founder of the internationally-broadcast "To the Best of Our Knowledge," and host of WPR's "45 North"
"Rarely at Pacific University's MFA Program, or any other, have I encountered a student of Tim’s talent and ability. Although I’m not ordinarily drawn to stories edging toward the fantastic, Tim’s stories only use their fantastic elements to give a greater insight into human emotion. These are not fantasy stories, they’re fantastic stories. Though he started this program at an unusually high level, he consistently dedicated himself to reach even greater levels, but I believe one of his greatest assets may be the kindness he showed his characters and his fellow students. The generosity of his spirit is enormous." -Pete Fromm, faculty Pacific University MFA in Writing; four-time winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Literary Award; author of memoirs, short story collections, and novels, most recently If Not for This
"With his wit, sense of humor, intellect and joy of sharing his life experiences, Tim Storm creates a rare level of engagement with his students. He holds his charges to the highest standards as he leads them through literature and writing. Students told me repeatedly, 'Mr. Storm makes me think.' Tim is simply one of the most talented teachers I've had the pleasure of working with." -Keesia Hyzer, English Department Chair 2000-2006, Madison West High School
"Mr. Storm didn't just teach me to be a better writer, he helped me become a better person. He's a natural mentor: the rare teacher who cares deeply for his students and a brilliant writer in his own right. His classes have stayed with me longer than my college courses, and I suspect they always will." -Chelli Riddiough, Williams College class of 2015, Madison West High class of 2009, Winner Scholastic Gold Key Portfolio 2009
"Tim Storm lived up to his reputation as one of the 'hardest' teachers at West, but students always felt like they learned a ton and came out of his class much better writers." -Andrew Stendahl, Guidance Counselor Co-Chair, Madison West High School
“As to the quality of the material Tim presented and the examples he provided, what can I say? Absolutely top-notch. Tim did it with a sense of humor and humility (that's not quite the right word. I mean he has the right to claim expertise but didn't present it with any hint of superiority. Quality needs no promotion). The experience was so rewarding, so entertaining, so intellectually honest and stimulating, I hated to see the arrival of artificial boundaries imposed by the syllabus and clock at week’s end.” -Chuck Ladd, Write by the Lake Retreat 2014
"Tim Storm has been an essential member of our Cooperating Teacher team for the Secondary English program. We are grateful for his service and especially for the ways in which he demonstrated how to be a "practitioner of the craft" to our student teachers--that is, he is a reader, writer, and thinker in the classroom and beyond." -Maisha T. Winn, Ph.D.; Susan J. Cellmer Chair in English Education; Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, Languages & Literacies
"Tim Storm was our son's teacher for British Literature his sophomore year of high school. From a parent's point of view (and our son's), Tim was exceptional. He was engaging, challenging, and able to cultivate critical thinking and writing skills. Tim's class seemed to us to be a perfect learning experience. Our son had several great teachers at West High School and Tim Storm was definitely one of them." -Kevin Henkes, author/illustrator, Caldecott recipient and two-time Newbery Medal recipient; and Laura Dronzek, artist whose work has been exhibited nationally, and award-winning children's book illustrator
"Mr. Storm’s teaching, imbued with an uncompromising belief in the value of his subject, prompted me to critically examine the word and the world. I feel so lucky to have had him as an educator." -Caryn McKechnie, Grinnell class of 2018; Madison West High class of 2014
"Having had the privilege to serve as Tim Storm's student teacher for a full year at Madison West High School, I can say with confidence that he is the most gifted educator I have ever had the pleasure of observing and working with. Tim's students exhibit tangible growth in their writing and in their thinking, fostered by his ability to be both challenging and supportive. His feedback on writing is specific and constructive, and his discussions encourage all students to grapple with important and complex concepts." -Tessa Maglio, student teacher Madison West High School, 2014-2015; English teacher, South Milwaukee High School
"With grace, patience, and generosity, Mr. Storm taught me to discuss, appreciate, and love stories." -Isaac Stafstrom, graduate of Deep Springs College 2013; Madison West High class of 2011
"Tim Storm combines thoughtfulness and creativity with his remarkable intuition for writing. The result is a mentor who is knowledgeable and curious, patient and challenging. I’m certain I wouldn’t be at Yale, studying English, without his outstanding inspiration and guidance." -Lauren McNeel, Yale Class of 2018 (English and Molecular Biology), Madison West High Class of 2014
"It can be hard to recall details from the haze of high school, but I clearly remember Tim Storm's Advanced Writing Workshop as a bright spot of creative enterprise. Even to a group of distracted and hormonal teenagers, it was clear that Tim took the business of teaching seriously, and that sparked me to reciprocate with seriousness. Tim selected his texts carefully, pushed me to a higher level of critical reading, and provided that rare sensation that my experiments in writing would be respected." - Evan C. Hill, researcher and writer focusing on the Middle East; as a journalist reporting on Egypt and Libya, he wrote for Foreign Policy, The Economist, The Atlantic, The Guardian, The Times, and others.
"Tim provides intelligent insight on the art of novel-writing. I benefited immensely from his analogies and explanations as well as his unique way of finding potential in a draft. I continue to use his input and techniques years after taking his class. I highly recommend Tim Storm as an instructor." -Brian Busch, Write by the Lake Retreat 2013