Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino and Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby today honored and congratulated beloved Uniondale science teacher, Dr. Paul Lichtman, upon the occasion of his retirement after over 25 years of sharing his love of science with young minds. Dr. Lichtman was presented with a Hempstead Town Citation from the Supervisor in front of the entire Town Board and all department heads before today’s scheduled Town Board meeting.
“I have an enormous amount of respect for teachers, especially ones as passionate as Dr. Lichtman,” said Santino. “His excitement and enthusiasm in the classroom created an environment of positive energy which he passed along to the students, making them eager to dive into the fascinating world of science.”
Dr. Lichtman found a home in Uniondale as the Science Research Program Advisor for Uniondale High School, where he spent the majority of his tenure. In an effort to bring his love of science to a broader audience, Dr. Lichtman brought his passion and position to Turtle Hook Middle School in Uniondale to reach out to the younger students of his district in an attempt to get them excited about science.
“I am so grateful to Dr. Lichtman for his service and commitment to the Uniondale School District,” stated Goosby. “I know I am speaking for the entirety of Uniondale when I say thank you for your unparalleled work, and congratulations on your retirement.”
Forever striving to invoke a passion akin to his own in students, Dr. Lichtman was famously always available to lend a helping hand to a student in need. It is in this regard that brought him to mentor students in both the Siemens Westinghouse Competition and the Intel Science Talent Search, which are national competitions that honor the top high school students in science, math and technology. The prize for the top competitors is a scholarship ranging from $5,000 to $100,000 depending upon the placing of the student. Thanks to Dr. Lichtman’s diligent mentoring, several of his students went on to receive national recognition in these competitions, helping to finance their college careers.
“My sincerest congratulations to Dr. Lichtman on his retirement,” concluded Santino. “While his presence will be missed from the hallways, his energy and kindness will live on through each of his students.”