Rhode Octobre-Cooper, Principal

Mrs. Rhode Octobre-Cooper is the Principal at the Hudson Junior High School. After graduating from Binghamton University Mrs. Cooper began her career in the South Bronx of New York City teaching 7th grade ELA and social studies to a class of 37 students. She later became the Dean of Students at The Albert Einstein Intermediate School in the Bronx and an Assistant Principal at Frederick Douglass Academy II Middle School. In 2012, after working in NYC for fifteen years, she left the city and obtained a position in Newburgh as the Humanities Supervisor/Director. Mrs. Cooper is married and has an eleven-year-old daughter who will be starting the 7th grade in September. When she isn’t working she enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.


Kenneth Behr, Associate Principal

With over 15 years of experience in education as a teacher and administrator, Mr. Behr brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our team at Hudson Junior High School. Behr joins the Hudson City School District with experience in leadership and education in school districts of various sizes. He most recently served as an associate principal for the Highland Falls-Fort Montgomery Central School District following four-and-a-half years at the middle school level for the Poughkeepsie City School District.

Mr. Behr holds a New York state certification in Physical Education K-12, as well as a School Building Leader Professional certification. In addition to having degrees from CUNY York and CUNY Lehman, Behr attended West Virginia University and SUNY Cortland. In his free time, Mr. Behr enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, grilling and attending football games as a season ticket holder of the New York Jets.