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Carpenter on Trading Spaces
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Pennington was considered an unruly child and had difficulty performing throughout school. "I would strip down naked, and swing from the blinds in my classroom as a child," he said in an interview for E! network. It wasn`t until he was seventeen years old that he was tested for, and diagnosed with, ADHD. He is now a spokesperson for the organization ADHD Experts on Call, and manages his condition with Adderall XR. Additionally, his mother, Dr. Yvonne Pennington, is a psychologist who focuses on the treatment of ADHD and depression. A self-described "Jack of all trades," Pennington learned woodworking early in life. After attending Sprayberry High School in Marietta, Georgia, he attended Kennesaw College, following which he received his undergraduate degree in graphic design from the Art Institute of Atlanta while working his way through school as a carpenter, and continued to work in carpentry after graduation while taking classes in painting and sculpture at the Atlanta College of Art. During his final semester, Pennington was approached by a modeling scout, and soon began a lucrative career. He traveled the world and landed print jobs for J.Crew, Swatch and Sprite, and appeared in television spots for Diet Coke, Levi`s, and Macy`s, among others. According to the TV Guide Channel, Pennington is the highest paid endorser in America.
Pennington is also an author, who (in 2003) published the book Ty`s Tricks: Home Repair Secrets Plus Cheap and Easy Projects to Transform Any Room, a do-it-yourself guide on home improvement. On May 15, 2007, he released the first issue of his quarterly magazine Ty Pennington at Home. He has stated he is currently writing another book, which is to be released in 2008 or 2009. Aside from his several jobs, Ty lives a basically normal life, as he puts it. He currently resides in the Los Angeles suburb of Venice, California, with his manager/girlfriend, Andrea Bock. On a recent appearance on E!`s True Hollywood Story, Ty reported that he and his girlfriend are waiting to marry and start a family until Ty is no longer traveling for his work.
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Sprayberry High School, Marietta, Georgia
Kennesaw College for Art and History, Art Institute of Atlanta, Atlanta College of Art
Full Name at Birth
Gary Tygert Pennington
Tygert Burton "Ty" Pennington (born Gary Tygert Burton; October 19, 1964) is an American television host, artist and carpenter. He is most notable for having been the host of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition which aired on ABC in the US until its cancellation in December 2012 and will return with specials and Ty's Great British Adventure, which airs on Home in the UK and TV Land. Previously, Pennington was a carpenter on the TLC reality show Trading Spaces. Currently, he manufactures a line of furniture with the Howard Miller Company. He is also one of the hosts of a Food Network show premiering in May 2015 called American Diner Revival, in which they travel to lend various towns a hand in saving their struggling diners.
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