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Principal's Corner

Principal Cashman standing against EPO wall mural

Welcome to East Port Orchard Elementary School!

I am honored to be a new member of the Orca Family. My mission is to ensure that every student at EPO feels welcome, safe, and supported. I want students to have the skills and support necessary to meet any challenge. I believe in advocating for the whole child, while still instilling grit. What is “grit”? Angela Duckworth, author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, states, “I define grit as a combination of both perseverance and passion for long-term goals.” More than intelligence or talent, it is grit that leads to success in life. 

The staff at EPO is dedicated to ensuring our students have opportunities to live out their dreams and make our world a better place. The EPO mission states that “no matter what race, background, or ability, (students) will be cared for and taught as if they were our most important link to the future.” You are a vital member of our team. Open communication is the foundation to a productive partnership between our school and your family. Please consider joining our active and dedicated PTA at:

I look forward to partnering with you in developing resilient, perseverant learners who are on the path to becoming critical thinkers and contributing citizens that will truly help our society build a better future.
Best regards,
Ashley Cashman
Principal of East Port Orchard Elementary School