Washington teacher breaks into woman’s home, starts cooking

Posted at 9:02 PM, Feb 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-23 21:02:19-05

VANCOUVER, Wash. — A Vancouver high school teacher is accused of breaking into a woman’s house and eating her soup.

“I was pretty shaken up all day,” Terra Galicia told KPTV.

It happened at eight o’clock Sunday morning. According to court documents, 46-year-old high school teacher Jon Selby broke into Terra Galicia’s house on Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard.

“He just came into my room opened up my door and it woke me up. He pokes his head in and says ‘Oh, I’m sorry, I thought it was (somebody).’ I don’t remember the name he said,” Galicia said.

Galicia was home alone and did not know what to do.

“I went into the kitchen and there was food in the microwave. So, I went back to the bathroom and knocked on the door and he opened the door and goes ‘Excuse me.’ Then walks around me into the kitchen and looks for a spoon,” she said.

Galicia said Selby then went to sit on the couch, making himself right at home.

“You could tell he was not in his right mind so I was scared to even confront him, because you don’t know what he might have done if I told him you’re not supposed to be here,” she said.

After that, Galicia called police and snuck outside of her house until they arrived.

According to the Vancouver School District, Selby teaches English, ASL and credit recovery classes. He has taught at the school for 19 years.

Court documents reveal that Selby had recently checked into a detox center called Lifeline.

“I have kids in all three schools here and when you hear something like that, it’s really concerning,” parent Kristen Powell said.

This is not the first time Selby has been in trouble. KPTV covered a story in 2009 on the Skyview teacher, when he was accused of getting prescription drugs from a student. The principal suspended Selby for two days after the incident. At the time, the district was criticized for not immediately notifying police.

“You always want to give people the benefit of the doubt that they want to change and things like that, but when it comes down to your own children, you’re going to be concerned,” Powell said.

Now, Selby is in more serious trouble, facing charges of burglary.

Vancouver School District spokesperson Pat Nuzzo said the district cannot comment on the discipline of teachers or students. She said, all of their employees go through a background check and Selby had nothing on his record.