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Honorees

Joe Coco & Margot Ortega-Coco

Margot and Joe have a long standing relationship with Incarnate Word Academy and The Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament. Sr. Elizabeth Close was Margot’s first grade teacher at Our Lady of Victory school in Beeville, Texas. Fast forward twenty-seven years, and Margot and Joe were hunting for a school for their son. Margot didn’t make the connection until Sr. Elizabeth recognized her on the playground. Margot and Joe’s son Jared started Montessori in Sr. Elizabeth’s class, and graduated from the high school in 2015. After graduation, he received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and works as a reliability engineer with Valero Energy. 

As parents, they have played many roles, including dedicated volunteers, generous donors, and were always actively involved in IWA events including athletics. Margot taught math at the Middle Level and Joe Served on the Board of Directors. They are members of the Living Stones Building the Mission Recognition Society, Jeanne De Matel Heritage Society, are Precious Stones Scholarship Donors for the Sr. Elizabeth Close Scholarship that they established, and are members of the 2019-2020 President’s Circle. 

Today, Margot is back at IWA working with the Incarnate Word Academy Foundation planned giving program, and although Joe is currently retired, he spends many of their waking hours working on his ranch business and volunteering at St. Thomas More Catholic Church.