Soulsbyville Elementary School

Home of the Falcons

20300 Soulsbyville Rd., Soulsbyville, CA 95372

Phone: (209) 532-1419

Fax: (209)533-2922 or (209)532-4371


7th - 8th Grade

8th Grade

Lauren Huff Ext. 3345

6th Grade

Hilary Durling Ext. 3342

Mrs. Durling has been teaching almost twenty years, this is her 17th year here at Soulsbyville .  She has taught kinder, first, fourth, fifth, and now 7th grade(s). Her three children are Soulsbyville grads.  Her oldest son has proudly served in the US Army for the last three years.   Mrs. Durling loves spending time with her family, especially traveling and attending sporting events.  

Tom Higgins is teaching 7th and 8th Grade Social Science and PE.  He holds degrees in history, social science and religion.  Tom was born and raised in Tuolumne County, and returned in 2013 after living in Boston, Edinburgh, Nairobi and Ibadan.  His wife is a Soulsbyville alumni and his daughter is currently attending our school.  When he is not teaching junior high students, he enjoys coaching his daughter’s soccer team, engaging in outdoor activities such as hiking and kayaking, hobbies such as photography and film, and being with old friends and new..​ 

Lauren Huff teaches 7th and 8th grade math. Her study halls are Monday and Wednesday after school from 3:15 - 3:45pm.  She also offers Math Support during Enrichment 6th period.  You can find her homework assignments posted here. This is her 9th year teaching math. This is Mrs. Huff's third year living in Tuolumne County and loves this community. Mrs. Huff enjoys soccer, bowling, spending time with her children, hanging out with extended family and helping out in youth ministry. 

7th Grade

Tom Higgins Ext. 3346

Kyle Dooley Ext. 3347

Mr. Dooley comes to us from the Bakersfield City School District where he worked at multiple sites providing instruction for beginning band, advanced band, strings, recorders, and choir.  He was also the Director of Instrumental and Choral Music at Compton Jr. High School.

Mr. Dooley is energetic, a skilled musician, and an excellent instructor

Mike Skutches teaches 7th and 8th grade science. His study halls are Monday, Wednesday and Friday at lunch, and every day after school until 4:00. Homework is posted daily on Mr. Skutches web site. Mr. Skutches has taught at Soulsbyville School for over 20 years. He and his wife of 22 years love and enjoy the California outdoors with their two teenage children. His hobbies are reading,exercising, and playing the baritone ukulele and the banjo.

Duncan McFarland is the 8th grade Language Arts teacher. More infomation to Come

Duncan McFarland Ext. 3344

Mike Hopper teaches both 6th grade Math and Science. He has been teaching at Soulsbyville School for over 19 years, all that time in the upper grades. Prior to this, he taught in Atwater at Mitchell Elementary School for one year and for two years at Stevenson Elementary. Mr. Hopper holds his study every day at 7:30 in the morning. Mr. Hopper is also a sports coach at Soulsbyville School and Sonora High School. Mr. Hopper has lived in Tuolumne County for 33 years. He enjoys spending time with his three children, camping and playing music on his guitar. For homework please click here.

Russ Fulkerson Ext. 3350

Russ Fulkerson is the Sixth grade Language Arts and History teacher this year.  He has been teaching at Soulsbyville School for 16 years. Prior to this, he taught at Jenny Lind Elementary School in grades 2, 3, 4 and 6 for three years. Mr. Fulkerson loves coaching, and has been coaching boys and girls basketball for 18 years. He grew up in Tuolumne County and has lived here for most of his 48 years of life. Mr. Fulkerson earned his degree and teaching credential at Chico State University, and graduated in 1995. Soon after he moved back to Tuolumne County, married his wife Shannon and started their family. Mr. Fulkerson enjoys being a teacher, husband and father to his two teenagers. He enjoys sports of all kinds - anything outdoors - and loves teaching at Soulsbyville School.