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 summer camp 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 meet and greet.
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 fourth 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!
Mr. Jerry, a geophysicist who relocated to Durango with his family in January 2022 to pursue a better quality of life, brings a wealth of diverse experiences to his role as a summer counselor at Nifty Nanny. With a passion for exploration, he has traveled to numerous countries worldwide, including a thrilling journey on an icebreaker through the fabled Northwest Passage in the Arctic Ocean. A nature enthusiast, Mr. Jerry immerses himself in the beauty of nature. He embraces an active lifestyle with leisurely walks along the picturesque Animas River trail, invigorating hikes, trail running, skateboarding, biking, and paddle boarding. His love for family, nature, and companionship is further fueled by spending quality time with his wife, eight-year-old son, and three dogs. Mr. Jerry joins Nifty Nanny with genuine enthusiasm, eager to serve the families of the Durango community. With a deep-seated passion for igniting curiosity, fostering growth, and creating lasting memories, Mr. Jerry is dedicated to providing a safe, fun, and positive environment for children to thrive in. He is excited to embark on a summer adventure with kids, creating a one-of-a-kind and enriching experience that promises to be both enjoyable and educational.
Known as Miss Colleen during the school year, is Mom to a soon-to-be-first grader. She and her son Jackson love to spend most of the warm seasons adventuring outside. Formerly an elementary teacher, she has been a preschool teacher the past few years, but her new focus is getting her credentials to be a nature-based programs coach for teachers and administrators.
Where We Came From
This is the Nifty Nanny Story