Let Me Introduce Myself!
Our vision is to connect students with a safe place to come together to explore, learn and discover the power of community.
We value the collaboration of all students, as it provides the atmosphere to gain the skills necessary to grow independently into a positive, contributing member of society.
What We Stand For
Our values determine how and why we treat kids like people
Our purpose is to provide quality educational and real life experiences through everyday adventures, exploration and discovery inside and outside of the classroom. When outside, we bike or walk; utilizing our towns River Trail system, safe pedestrian walkways and many miles of single track trails.
We believe that consistent, positive peer and adult relationships cultivate a safe learning atmosphere where children desire to explore, learn and grow.
Who we are
Mrs. Vivienne is the heart and soul behind the scenes. She works tirelessly to ensure that Nifty Nanny is the best child care you send your kids too! Her passion and drive stems from her homeschool experience as an elementary student, at home with her 4 sisters. She launched Nifty Nanny in 2014 after nannying for many families in Durango, CO over her college career. After graduating in the fall of 2014, she took her Elementary Education degree and worked for 9R School District, while building her business. After two years, she was ready to step out on her own and make her dreams happen. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with any question or to schedule a tour of her beautiful classroom.
Hi My name is Sarah Weese. I currently just graduated from Fort Lewis College, majoring in Psychology and a minor in Criminology. I am originally from Riverside, California but moved to Durango for a Bmx scholarship at Fort Lewis. I really enjoy hanging out with my friends, riding my bike, and trying new things.
Hi i'm Grace. I have lived in Durango my whole life and I love everything outdoors! I am exited to get to work with you kiddo!
Miss Savannah has lived in Durango for the past nine years and is currently studying nursing at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction. She loves working with kids and getting to be a part of their learning and growth. This is her third summer with Nifty Nanny and she is excited about all of the picnics, river time, and adventures. She can't wait to meet our campers!
Alix Dubois was one of the first children to ever attend Nifty Nanny Summer Camp. Alix spent six fun summers with Nifty Nanny. She enjoys biking, paddle boarding and art. And now Alix is excited to be joining the Nifty Nanny Team!
I enjoy helping and taking care of younger kids. Most recently I have taken a lead role in the Peer Advocate program at my school, where I provide support and guidance for my peers that have mental or physical disabilities. I am trained in CPR and I have experience with basic first aid. I am outgoing and can’t wait to meet you.
Hello, my name is Cassidy. I have been in childcare for 10 years and have lived in Durango for 5 years. This will be my second year doing our summer camp! I love all of the outdoor activities we get to do and the excitement it brings the kiddos. Can't wait to have a fun summer on bikes!
Teresa Colleen Wilcox, who goes by Colleen, has worn many hats in her life before becoming a teacher. After graduating from Tulane University in New Orleans, she became a reporter in Connecticut for almost 10 years. She then moved on to graduate school at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, after which she started a nonprofit in post-Katrina New Orleans called Bayou Rebirth. This organization utilized volunteers and local grade school students to do plantings in the wetlands surrounding the city, fueled by a nursery that grew trees, grasses and flowering plants that thrived in the fragile wetlands that protected New Orleans. The educational program for local schools began her interest in teaching, so in 2015 she moved to Colorado and began her new
career as a 5th grade Language Arts teacher; the next year she worked with third graders in Glenwood Springs, where her son Jackson was born. She soon decided to be closer to family in Texas, where she worked in a Child Development Center with toddlers for almost 3 years. Now she is back in Colorado, currently as a teaching assistant at Needham Preschool and the lead teacher for Nifty Nanny's brand new summer camp at The Juniper School. She is excited to explore and play while enjoying the Durango sun with your kids!
My name is Evie! I love working with younger kids. I have a passion for art and writing and enjoy helping younger kids express themselves through those things.
Where We Came From
This is the Nifty Nanny Story
Founded in the Fall of 2014 with the vision to continue to provide the best child care for the families of Durango, Mrs. Vivienne has dedicated herself completely to seeing her passion flourish in the community. Mrs. Vivienne had been babysitting for multiple families in Durango since 2011, while putting herself through the Education program at Fort Lewis College, when she graduated in the Spring of 2014 she began to realize that the demand for her care, quality and attention to detail was becoming more than just a part time gig. Being a rule follower, she followed societies rules to get a job with her degree right after college and began working for the Durango School District in the Fall of 2014 as a full time substitute/school aid for any school that said yes to her daily availability. In addition to her new full time position in the field of work she believed she wanted to peruse, she continued to babysit and grow her Summer program. In the Summer of 2013 she officially applied for a child care license, again knowing that while she enjoyed the side gig of taking care of families, she understood the professionalism, legal implications and seriousness of what she was creating.
While she continued to juggle being a business owner, child care owner and full time School District employee, Mrs. Vivienne took another full time position during the 2015-2016 school year. It was during this second and last year of teaching, that Mrs. Vivienne realized her values of caring for families did not align with in a public school classroom. She left the classroom in the Spring of 2016 with the intention of focusing on her values of caring for the families of the Durango community 100% as Nifty Nanny.
The Spring of 2017 she moved into her very own classroom at the Smiley Building, a huge upgrade from a storage closet. The Fall of 2017 brought more big opportunities, as her partnership with The Juniper School was founded during her first year of saying "yes". As her dreams began to unfold in front of her, she continued to work hard to bring her passion, values and vision to life.
During these pandemic years, Mrs. Vivienne has done all she can to continue programming for the families of Durango. With many ups and downs, twists and turns, as so many have also experience, she has closed her classroom in the Smiley Building and plans to operate remotely from her home.
Her Summer Program is still a huge hit and is the highlight of her programs.
She still partners with The Juniper School to offer their after school program.