FOR East Hamilton Hill Primary School teacher Nikita Daughenbaugh, 2017 has been the year of seeing double.
Ms Daughenbaugh, who has been teaching for eight years, got the opportunity to teach not one but four sets of twins in her Year 2 class.
The four twins – Akira and Jasper Jorgensen, Iqra and Nasra Jerome, Fionn and Oisin Mullins, and Ava and Lily Herden – are the only twins at the school and according to Ms Daughenbaugh have kept her on her toes.
“There was something in the water in 2010. It’s the first time I have ever taught twins in my years of teaching and it all happened to be at the one time,” she said.
“Akira and Jasper and Nasra and Iqra were born on the same day in the same hospital.
“One day we had three sets of the twins absent and it was very strange having six students away.
“I’m forever getting their names mixed up. However there are special things I look for, including beauty marks, hair styles, shoes and length of hair, and I place the twins on opposite sides of the room.”
Ms Daughenbaugh said while it was sometimes hard to tell them apart, each twin had their own personality and shared a special bond.
“Free-dress days are a nightmare as I can’t figure out who is who when not in uniform, especially if their hair is different or they are wearing hats or different shoes,” she said.
“But the plus is they always have a friend to play with.”