HistoryAskew Elementary opened in 1977. Our campus has the prestigious honor of being named after Mrs. Jewel Askew. Jewel Askew served HISD for 35 years as a teacher, an assistant superintendent of education, a director of elementary school education, and a consultant for elementary curriculum. She also taught at Sam Houston State College and the University of Houston, founded the Texas Association for Improvement of Reading and enjoyed national acclaim as a lecturer.