St. Michael's School teacher Carol Davis said this morning that so far, she has learned to tell each of the five sets of twins in her first grade class apart and to use them to illustrate arithmetic problems.
Davis said she used a laminated pocket sized 'twin chart' over the summer to familiarize herself with Robert and Christopher Nilsen, Daniella and Rebekah Delledera, Maddy and Catherine Pruneda, Ranee and Taylor Lind and Sarah and Emily Bachleda.
"They were in the kindergarten last year," Davis said, "but they were divided in morning and evening classes. This year, however, all 10 twins are in her first grade class, where they make up 25 percent of all the students in the room.
Davis said that the fact that students at St. Michael's wear uniforms doesn't make it any harder to tell the twins apart, except in the case of the Bachledas, the only pair of identical twins in the set.
Davis said that the twins can be handy when she wants to show the class how two plus two equals four. She said the whole class gets along well, whether twinned or not, and the twins themselves are taking all the fuss, including news coverage, in stride.
"They get along great, they're not clingy on each other - they're very independent children," Davis said.