Cantey Smith, Director of Education at Tellus Science Museum, received the Museum Professional award from the Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries (GAMG) during the association’s annual meeting in Dalton on Friday January 24, 2014. Ms. Smith Cantey was recognized for her “exemplary leadership, excellence in education, enthusiastic support of staff and volunteers, and unwavering commitment to the profession” according to Craig Amason, GAMG Awards Committee chair.
“Cantey directs one of the most successful museum education and enrichment programs in the state if not the nation,” said Tellus Director Jose Santamaria. “She is also engaged in many professional activities that benefit the museum education field nationwide. Her contributions to Tellus have a direct impact on every museum visitor including students and staff.”
“The museum field has given me the opportunity to broaden my involvement in informal science education” said Ms. Smith. “It’s an honor to receive this award. Museum education is so important because it can make a difference in everyone’s lives.”
Tellus Science Museum is a 120,000 square foot science facility just 30 minutes north of Atlanta on I-75 in Cartersville featuring mineral, dinosaurs, aviation and space, hands-on science, and astronomy. The museum is open every day from 10-5, closed on major holidays.