They say that when two like-minded people put their heads together, they can do anything. This may very well be true. As conjoined twins, Abby and Brittany Hensel’s heads are always together, and they’ve accomplished quite a lot!
The 28-year-olds have been on the cover of magazines, appeared as guests on the Oprah Winfrey Show, and even had their own show in 2012. While those 15 minutes of fame were fun, they’re now doing something that makes them truly happy.
Abby and Brittany Hensel are conjoined twins who have faced many difficulties in life.
When Patty Hensel learned she was pregnant with conjoined twins back in 1990, there was much concern over whether or not they’d survive. Back then very few conjoined twins made it through pregnancy and delivery.
Fortunately, Abby and Brittany survived the pregnancy and gained instant fame as a result. The Hensels were born as dicephalic parapagus twins with a unified body but separate heads.
The twins must work together for just about everything, including swimming, getting ready for the day, and even just walking around.
While it took a while to learn how to do these things, that never stopped them from dreaming. Their mother always knew that they’d be successful adults with careers, as long as they had the sense to work a job together.
“When they were five, I remember one wanted to be a pilot and one wanted to be a dentist,” Patty told American Web Media. “That was short-lived.”
They recently picked up a teaching position and are doing great.
After high school they attended Bethel University in Minnesota where they studied education.
They’ve since graduated, and according to In Touch magazine, are teaching at Sunnyside Elementary School just one hour away from their home.
“We are fourth- and fifth-grade math specialists, so we’ll have two classes of math,” they told AWN. “It’s part time, which is nice, so we’ll be kind of transitioning into the teaching world.”
While there isn’t much public information available on how their first year went on the whole, school principal Mr. Good indicated that they made quite the first impression.
“After our interview I showed the girls out the door,” he told AWN. “I came back in the room and before I even sat back down one of the people said, ‘Run after them, hire them, give them the job.’”
After a few months of working with them, Good didn’t regret that decision one bit. While there might have been some concerns starting out, he now knows that the Hensel’s unique traits haven’t negatively influenced their teaching in any way.
“I think after anyone sits with these exceptional young women, I think any of their concerns will just vanish,” he said.
While some people may be surprised to learn how well the Hensels have adapted to their new job, their mother isn’t one of them.
“They’ve just always had a knack with kids, and kids have always been kind of drawn to them,” she said. “Maybe [it] started by curiosity but then once their simple questions are answered they still just are drawn to Ab and Brit.”